Over 200 people attended the first annual Hogs for Heart (HFH) benefit at Mo’s Fine Food in Burbank, CA on October 13, 2012. Fans, motorcycle enthusiasts, and good samaritans joined the cast of the hit FX television show, “Sons of Anarchy,” in support of One Heart Source (OHS).
Attendees at HFH got to mingle with the stars, bid on rare SOA silent auction items, and enjoy food and drinks, all while raising money for the children’s home run by One Heart Source in Arusha, Tanzania.
Cast members who attended included: Kim Coates (Tig), Charlie Hunnam (Jax), Ron Perlman (Clay), Katey Sagal (Gemma), Mark Boone Jr (Bobby), Ryan Hurst (Opie), Tommy Flanagan (Chibs), Theo Rossi (Juice), Dayton Callie (Unser), Emilio Rivera (Alveraz), David Labrava (Happy), Chris Reed (Filthy Phil), Michael Ornstein (Chucky) and Michael Beach (T.O. Cross).
The fundraiser was the brainchild of Kim Coates and his wife after they visited their daughter Kyla in Tanzania, who is working as the Educational Programs Manager of OHS and was living at the OHS children’s home. Coates said he fell in love with the 11 children who currently live at the home and decided to get involved by organizing a fundraiser. As a result, all 11 children who permanently live at the home received academic and medical sponsors for 2013 and all the proceeds from the auction items went directly to the children’s home and the extended family it supports.
“The event was beautiful, emotional, and a success- the passion was palpable throughout the night,” Kyla Coates said. “Can’t wait until next year!”
Video: Marvin Malzahn/Tom Martinez, Jr.
Photos: Chris Ellis/Chase Smith