2015 RIDE CANCELLED DUE TO FIRE DANGER
After much deliberation, our Board of Directors has made the very difficult decision to cancel this year’s event in the interest of rider safety.
Compared to last year, three times the number of acres have already burned statewide. On July 31, Gov. Brown summed things up perfectly when he declared a state of emergency and said, “California’s severe drought and extreme weather have turned much of the state into a tinderbox.” So, we’ve been carefully monitoring our courses, the park and the nearby area. Then last Wednesday, more than 2,500 acres burned in the Livermore Valley, including parts of our course.
85 SENIORS STILL GOING HUNGRY
This decision was impossibly hard given that we still have 85 frail, homebound seniors on our waiting list. These seniors desperately need us to rally and raise the needed funds still. Although there won’t be a physical ride, the need and cause still exists and access to nutritious meals can’t wait until next year.
NOT YET REGISTERED? YOU CAN STILL HELP
Although there won’t be a physical ride, the need and cause still exists. Fire shouldn’t stop us from nourishing 85 of our homebound senior neighbors. Consider signing up as a Virtual Rider if you’re willing to enlist the help of your networks and/or make your own donation to the Ride (please put 2015 Ride in the comments). We’re offering great incentive prizes for fundraisers (view 2015 prize list). Prizes may be mailed or picked up after fundraising ends on October 17th.
We sincerely hope you’ll consider turning your registration fee into a tax-deductible donation. Each registration and donation enables us to reduce the size of our waiting list.
IMPORTANT: If you’d like to turn your registration into a tax-deductible donation, no further action is required. If we don’t hear back from you by Wednesday, September 30th, we’ll send you a donation acknowledgement letter for your tax purposes. If you’d like a refund, please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org and provide the name in which you registered, the names of other cyclists whose registrations you paid for, and the total amount to be refunded.
Again, please remember that 85 seniors are still counting on us!
You’ll likely never meet the seniors whose lives you’re changing with your hard work and generosity, but on their behalf, we sincerely thank you! We appreciate your support and understanding.