Roar on the Shore® Names NAMI Homefront as 2019 Charity Recipient

Roar on the Shore® Names NAMI Homefront as 2019 Charity Recipient

Mental Health Program to Help Veterans and their Families

NAMI of Erie County was announced as the 2019 recipient of Roar on the Shore® Bike Week to help support veterans and their families through NAMI’s new NAMI Homefront program. To be launched next year in Erie, NAMI Homefront is a free, educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and veterans with mental health conditions.

“This well-respected organization dedicates its efforts toward education and advocacy, and Roar on the Shore® is pleased to help make this program a reality,” said Ralph J. Pontillo, Roar® executive director. “Since motorcyclists are advocates and supporters of programs and services that help the brave men and women who serve in our armed forces, the local NAMI Homefront is a perfect fit for next year’s Roar on the Shore® Bike Week.”

Each year, the Manufacturer and Business Association (MBA) and Roar on the Shore® Board of Directors select a designated charity from an exceptional list of nonprofit service organizations. The 2019 motorcycle rally will take place in downtown Erie from July 17-21.

“We are honored to have been chosen as the recipient for Bike Week,” said Denise L. Kolivoski, MBA, NAMI Executive Director. “Being able to bring NAMI Homefront to Erie will allow us to provide help and support to veterans and their families right here in Erie County. I’d like to thank the Manufacturer and Business Association and the Roar on the Shore® Board of Directors for their support. ”

Based on the nationally recognized NAMI Family-to-Family program, NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country. The program is taught by trained family members of veterans living with mental health conditions.

To date, the MBA and Roar® boards have donated approximately $920,000 to charitable organizations, including the John Kanzius Cancer Research Fund, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Erie, local Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans, SafeNet, Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign, Boys & Girls Club of Erie, St. Patrick’s Haven, Erie Homes for Children and Adults, St. Martin Center, Mercy Center for Women, and the Sarah A. Reed Children’s Center.