by Linda Demyan, Red Cross Public Affairs Volunteer
What does it take to put on a successful fundraising event AND raise awareness? On November 12th, it took 170 bike riders and 130 volunteers who braved a very cold morning and ended up with an amazing sunny day and $75,000 in donations raised. Participants in the three rides (100-mile, 65-mile, and 30-mile courses) came out to Ventura County from all over Central and Southern California.
Whether participants rode solo or as part of a group, everyone had big smiles on their faces as they approached the finish line and were greeted by cheers, clapping, and lots of noisemakers. And the volunteers, including those from local high schools, were equally inspired by the excitement and joy that was present.
In the end, the best example of that exuberance was Jeffrey Brown who made it back safely despite getting a nail in his tire just a few blocks from the finish line. Yet he can’t wait to do this again next year!
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