SOURCE: Habitat for Humanity of Orange County

May 16, 2008 19:01 ET

Habitat for Humanity of Orange County's "Blaze of Glory" Motorcycle Ride to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

SANTA ANA, CA--(Marketwire - May 16, 2008) - Robert Patrick (CBS's "The Unit," "Terminator 2") and NY Mike, Harley Davidson San Diego owner, will participate in Habitat for Humanity of Orange County's inaugural "Blaze of Glory" Poker Run Motorcycle Ride on May 17, 2008. Once completing the "Blaze of Glory" ride, they will join the "Run for the Wall" ride to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

The motorcycle event will feature Robert Patrick as the Grand Marshal, and will be a 60-mile Poker run with five stops where best hand wins $250. One of the stops will be at the site where Habitat for Humanity of Orange County will soon begin construction on the first eight homes in their 27-home development in San Juan Capistrano. Three of the families that will soon live at that site will be on hand for interviews, including two military families.

"I'm doing this to heighten awareness of veterans' issues," said Robert Patrick. "There are 150,000 troops that protect 350 million Americans and we need to treat our veterans better when they return to our country. What Habitat for Humanity of Orange County is doing is phenomenal."

More than 250 motorcycle riders have already registered for this event to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Orange County's "Homes for Heroes and Foundations for Families" neighborhood in San Juan Capistrano, where 14 of the 27 homes to be built there are being marketed to combat-disabled veterans.

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About Habitat for Humanity of Orange County

Celebrating 20 years of changing lives and changing communities in Orange County.

124 houses built in Orange County

Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, headquartered in Santa Ana, CA, is dedicated to ending substandard housing and building strong communities in Orange County. Habitat uses non-government donations of funding, materials, professional services and volunteer labor to build simple, decent homes which are sold to qualified low-income families for a 1% down payment, closing costs, and a zero-interest mortgage. Mortgage payments are recycled to build more Habitat homes. Habitat families contribute 500 hours of "sweat equity" to the program by building their own home, helping another Habitat family build a home, or working in some other area of the Habitat organization. Habitat for Humanity families and volunteers have built 124 homes in Orange County since 1988.

250,000 houses built worldwide

Habitat for Humanity of Orange County is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat International has built more than 250,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. Habitat for Humanity International is currently the 16th largest homebuilder in the United States, according to Builder OnLine magazine.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, please call (714) 434-6200 extension 229 or visit our Web site at

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