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Thursday, November 20, 2014

“Show Your Soul By Giving Up Your Soles”

American Soldier Network took over Illusion Cycles in Westminster, CA for the 2nd annual shoe drive. The “Show Your Soul by giving up your Soles” event at Illusion Cycles collected over 9,500 pairs of shoes this year. The purpose of the campaign is to collect new and gently used shoes that will be donated to impoverished villages and communities in developing countries. Shoes were collected from Southern California, NYC, Tampa Florida, all over Texas, and Chicago. Here is a quick recap of the day.

Show Your Soul: Donate Your Soles
ROCKwell UnScene MUSIC Magazine Melissa and Wes Anderson
Who is American Soldier Network? “... an all volunteer run organization dedicated to advocating for and assisting veterans of all eras 24/7 as well as our active duty military. We Praise & Promote Patriotism, Educate America on the needs of our Veterans and assist our heroes." This organization truly Walks their Talk! You can find out more info about American Soldier Network by going to
Illusion Cycles was transformed from bike shop to a red carpet gala. With shoes, bikers, stars and most important, members of the military milling around this was an A+ event. Annie Nelson and the American Soldier Network out-did themselves. Huge shout out to Rusty Coones and his wife KO for using their star power as a voice for the soldiers. If you have heard of Sons of Anarchy then you know Rusty Coones. Rusty's character on the show is Rane Quinn. Rusty was unable to be at this event at his own shop because he was at a Sons of Anarchy event in Louisville, KY. However, his support of the military and the American Soldier Network is huge. His lovely wife KO was at the event and she dazzled the red carpet and mingled with the crowd.
It was an honor to be at this event. I even managed to get some friends to help me get shoes. I want to give a Thank You to The Upper Crust in Riverside CA, Jeanette of Cougrzz Rock, and John and Mary Pat Kaul who brought shoes from WI to Cali.
Now that you know about the American Soldier Network and the Shoe event lets make next years event bigger.
By: Melissa Anderson
Photos By: Melissa Anderson Rockwell UnScene