I can't express fully how satisfied I am with the Ride On! Reno event we held at Walden's Coffeehouse this past Saturday. It was a beautiful day, sun was shinin' and temperatures were in the high 70's. Great people, both long-time friends and some newly-acquainted, all came out with one goal in mind: to raise some money for a phenomenal cause and some very deserving people.
The Bikes to Rwanda cause had won the hearts and minds of Reno that day, and after a kick-ass poker-run into the heart of the biggest little city, a gigantic raffle full of wonderful coffee and bike-related goodies, and a couple donated kegs of some delicious brew, we were able to raise just over $1100!!!
To put it all into perspective, I'm told that $200 amounts to one cargo bike. We raised enough for 5 cargo bikes, and then some. That's at least FIVE cargo bikes that can be used by FIVE different families. That's FIVE families that can transport well OVER TWICE the amount of green beans in a single load, in LESS THAN HALF the time it would take them on foot. That's FIVE families that can maintain higher quality and a greater quantity when it comes time to harvest. And that's FIVE families that can earn that higher dollar amount per bag of green beans to help ease their burdens.
So after $1100 of fundraising on Saturday, I can honestly say that each and every person who helped in the organization and promotion of Ride On!, those who donated raffle prizes, time, and money, have something to be very proud of. Thank you again to all these people who made the day a huge success!
Special shout out to my Barefoot people! and to the Tour de Nez organizers! for an exceptional helping hand in every aspect of the event! And Barefoot cats... y'all need to come back for another latte art throwdown, f'sho! Practice up Mr. Roastmaster General.
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