#BigHeartsAndBackpacks3 RECAP + Thank You’s.

Just as fast as it arrived… #BH&BP3 is over. (almost, more on that below)

On behalf of each & every one of our animal-helmet-wearing members: THANK YOU. Expressing our gratitude to each and every person who supported this very worthy cause deserves a medal for their efforts (or at least another beer), and we are confident that the positive cosmic karma you’ve collected by helping the children of Safe Place will be swift. We’re still awaiting the final tally of money, supplies, and backpacks – but there is no doubt that we surpassed our goal of 200 backpacks; a number we kept secret until now.

We’re still getting phone calls, text messages & emails about how wonderful the Pono Ranch party was thanks to The Magician on a Motorcycle, The Little Donuts, & Halycon Daze, and now that the photos have been posted to facebook — you can show your friends and/or piece together some fuzzy memories!


What’s next? 

Glad you asked. The Big Hearts Ride is still happening on Sept. 13 – rain or shine! Read on for more.


— Meet at The Woodlands Cafe @ 8:30 am (coffee + donuts will be provided)
— Ride departs promptly @ 9:15 am.
— Backpack + check presentation to Safe Place @ 10:15 am.
— High fives & hug session.
— Return to Seattle @ 11:15 am in time for the Seahawks vs. Rams game.
— Costumes ALWAYS encouraged!

And please show some support for our generous sponsors who donated prizes to our raffle.

  • Pono Ranch

  • Stoup Brewing

  • Seattle Mariners

  • Derschang Group

  • Pink’s the Beauty Boutique

  • Citydog! Ballard

  • Mud Bay

  • Emergency Outfitters

  • Slave to the Needle

  • Float Seattle

  • Cask & Trotter

And on a personal note to Todd McNeal – executive director & founder of Safe Place – the impact that you, your wife, and fellow saints who work alongside you at Safe Place have made on the community is immeasurable. Thank you for dedicating your life to making the world a better and more loving place. Listen to the Public Affairs radio interview between Todd McNeal, Justin Barnes (MOViN 92.5) and Gary Shipe here.

Keep spreading the love! We hope to see some of you on The Big Hearts Ride, but until next time – Thank You. <3