By Gary Koz Mraz
In 2010, Quick Throttle featured actress Katee Sackhoff in our “Women Who Ride.” Later that year Sackhoff and motorcycle riding compadre, Tricia Helfer motorcycled from L.A. to Louisiana to raise funds for the Gulf Restoration Network. Check out their movie “The LA LA Ride” at www.actingoutlaws.tv Katee and Tricia met on the set of Battlestar Galactica and realized they both loved motorcycles and the ride never stopped.
Their first annual Acting Outlaws PATH Home charity ride was a rousing success. PATH, People Assisting the Homeless, is a family of agencies working together to end homelessness for individuals, families and communities by building housing and providing supportive services in 22 locations from San Diego to San Luis Obispo.
Tricia and Katee are riders and they enlisted other celebrity riders to get involved. They understand that the love of motorcycling brings people together. “Riding brings out the best in everyone and it’s the perfect thread to weave charitable camaraderie. Nearly 80,000 people are languishing on the streets of Southern California alone. These are women with children, people struggling with health issues, war veterans, and teenagers without families. We want in some small way, to help,” Katee said. PATH has spent 30 years working to help our homeless neighbors make it home, and in the last 18 months, has permanently housed over 3,300 individuals, veterans, and families. Learn more at www.epath.org.
You couldn’t ask for better ambassadors than Katee and Tricia – they are totally down to earth, engaging, and completely throw themselves into their passions.
A great mix of motorcyclists and celebrity riders turned out on everything from Harleys and sport bikes to cool vintage motorcycles. Celebrity riders like actor Michael Trucco, comedian David Alan Grier, actor Gilles Marini, Thom Barry of the Cold Case and of course Captain Bluebeard lead the pack. Beautiful weather brought out the best in all of us for the very first PATH Home ride. We staged at the parking lot in La Canada while Peet’s coffee supplied a hot cup of joe. Registration went smoothly and the group headed up the Angeles Crest Highway to Newcomb’s Ranch. It was there we were all provided a great lunch and entertained by the house band. The raffle winners walked away with some serious goodies. It was great fun, all for a good cause.
I suggest you pay attention to the Acting Outlaws. These women are serious riders championing a credible cause. Katee and Tricia make everyone feel like family and know how to get the party started.