(Left to right) Jim Entenman, Foundation intern Hannah McIlravy, Anna Entenman and Joe Entenman present a donation to Sanford Children's Miracle Network in 2017.

Entenman family believes in giving back

May 25, 2018

For Jim Entenman, co-founder of J&L Harley-Davidson, there’s nothing cooler than riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle with the wind in his face and seeing smiles on kids’ faces. The annual Bikes & Babes Rally 4 Miracles Poker Run blends those two loves.

For more than a decade, the event has brought together a diverse community of motorcycle lovers to support Children’s Miracle Network at Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls.

“We’re just blessed to be able to help and give back to our community,” Entenman said.

Heart for children

As a father and grandfather, Entenman has a special place in his heart for children’s causes.

At a young age, he also saw how childhood illness impacts the entire family. One of his brothers became very ill with hepatitis at 18 years old. Over just 90 days, Entenman saw his brother undergo three liver transplants and eventually pass away from an infection.

“You can see how parents and grandparents are so involved in caring for a sick child,” Entenman said. “What Children’s Miracle Network does helps take away some of the strain and stress involved with that situation.

“You can see how it helps the families and see how it helps the kids. We truly believe that it’s a great cause.”

Legacy of giving

Entenman, who has been in the motorcycle business for 43 years, and his wife, Jill Entenman, have passed on the giving spirit to their three children — Jimmy Entenman, Joe Entenman and Anna Fey. Jimmy and Joe now co-own J&L Harley-Davidson, after taking over the business from Jim and his brother and co-founder Lonnie Entenman. Anna works for the family business as the coordinator of marketing and events.

They continue to host events throughout the year supporting local charities not only in Sioux Falls but in Watertown and Fargo where the family also has stores.

“I’m really proud of them for stepping up and continuing the tradition that we’ve held throughout the years,” Entenman said.