written for Countyline Publications and printed in Wisconsin and Illinois Biker Information Guide – second quarter 2010 by Tony “Pan” Sanfelipo, Hupy and Abraham, S.C. On her way back from Colorado, Vicki Sanfelipo decided to push herself and her 2005 Street Glide to the limit by doing an Iron Butt Challenge in August, 2009.  As she viewed beautiful vistas and then golden fields of wheat navigating through America’s heartland, she suddenly realized that the freedom she was enjoying was secured by the sacrifices of our military men and women over the years. At that moment a seed was sown that would germinate into a mission of gratitude from her heart. Vicki participated in the AMA’s women’s motorcycle event in Colorado and there she met some exceptional ladies who would become her friends and sisters in a cause.  The cause she was drawn to was The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, a great need arose to help families who lost loved ones in Afghanistan and Iraq and eventually help for our wounded warriors.  In 2007, the Center for the Intrepid was built in San Antonio, Texas, and it serves catastrophically disabled military personnel who were wounded in battle. It’s an amazing facility doing amazing work and Vicki wanted to raise awareness and cash for the Center. This was the birth of the Diamond Posse. The exceptional women Vicki has recruited for this mission have all undergone hardships in their lives.  They were forged under pressure, just like diamonds, to become stronger and more beautiful: thus the Diamond Posse. You can read about each of these amazing women on the Diamond Posse website. The Mission: Vicki is being joined by Eldonna Lewis Fernandez, MSgt USAF Retired, Cat Hammes, the one legged Blonde, Amy Skaling, aka Diva Amy and Roberta Carlson, Director of Military Services Safety Training for Cape Fox.  They will start their epic ride at the Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio, and visit VA medical centers in Dallas, Muskogee, Oklahoma, Kansas City, Missouri and Iowa City, Iowa.  They want to meet some of our fallen heroes and bring them encouragement and gratitude while they are on the path to recovery. The Posse will return to Wisconsin on May 21, 2010 and join the ride to LZ Lambeau, a giant welcome and thank you to Wisconsin’s Viet Nam Veterans. From there, they ride to Milwaukee to join the Harley-Davidson Women’s Celebration at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. Later that evening, there will be a reception for the Diamond Posse at the Iron Horse Hotel, just south of the HD Museum. It is hoped that some of the patients from the VA Zablocki Medical Center can come out to that reception. How can you help the Diamond Posse fulfill its mission of bringing awareness and donations to The Fallen Heroes Fund?  Help spread the word and visit The Diamond Posse website and donate directly to the Fallen Heroes Fund using Pay Pal. Your donations are tax deductible and you will be helping our wounded heroes recover from their devastating injuries.  If you’re in Green Bay on May 21st, watch for The Diamond Posse, or meet these beautiful women at the reception at the Iron Horse Hotel on the evening of May 22nd,2010.
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