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'SOA' featured in weekend bikini bash and Big Brother fundraiser

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"Sons of Anarchy" takes its broad fan base seriously, especially when scheduling promotional events for the series that begins its final season September 9. The most recent SOA escapades featured a bikini bike wash and a Big Brother charitable event this past weekend, as reported Sunday on Home Media Magazine and the St. Catharine's Standard. How's that for catering to a wide fan base?

The bikini bike wash was the brainchild of Bartels' Harley-Davidson in Marina del Rey, California, who is a licensed retailer of SOA merchandise. So to get in the spirit for the Season 6 DVD release scheduled August 26, they invited a few hundred of their closest biker pals for an intimate gathering to get their bikes washed by "SOA bikini girls", fill up on some free food and grab some "Sons of Anarchy" giveaways. Which was pretty generous, although it pales somewhat in comparison to the Season 5 DVD giveaway, where Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment partnered with the bike shop to give away 100 limited edition "Sons of Anarchy" motorcycles.

It seems this time they had to settle for bikini babes and burgers. But some of that SOA merchandise is pretty swanky, too, and one shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth.

On the other end of the spectrum, two of the stars of "Sons of Anarchy", Kim Coates and Theo Rossi, made personal appearances to support the annual Ride or Kids fundraiser for Big Brothers-Big Sisters of St. Catharine's and Thorold. Bringing in the two stars for this year's fundraiser expanded the event from 85 riders last year to over 250 this year. Approximately 500 people packed the parking lot where the event was held to meet the actors and show their support for the charitable organization.

Both actors joined in the ride, with varying levels of experience. Coates, who plays Tig on the show, has been riding since he was eight years old and is a real biker. Rossi, who plays Juice, wasn't quite so experienced. He had to learn to ride for the series, but claims he's "never fallen off or tipped a bike over," according to the St. Catharine's Standard.

The boost in the annual fundraiser took the donations from $6,000 last year to what could turn out to be around $30,000 for this year, although a final tally hasn't been released yet.

"Sons of Anarchy" debuts its final season on FX September 9.

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