Ride for the Cure raises $405,000
The Aspen affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation announced yesterday that its inaugural Aspen/Snowmass Ride for the Cure held Sept. 11 has raised $405,000 so far. More than 240 riders participated in the ride, with the same number of volunteers supporting the riders. The 100-mile course (with 23- and 64-mile route options) started and finished at Paepcke Park, running through Ashcroft, the Maroon Bells, Snowmass Village and St. Benedict’s Monastery in Old Snowmass. The fastest riders finished in just under five hours, with most participants finishing in eight or nine hours. “We are so tremendously pleased with the outcome. The outpouring of support, from the riders to our sponsors and everyone in between, made this event a huge success,” said Leslie Waters, president of the Komen Aspen affiliate.Each rider was asked to pledge $500 in donations in addition to paying a nominal entry fee, but some riders went well beyond the original pledge request. To date, the highest fund-raisers are: Peter McBride, $13,100; Susan Plummer, $11,126; Team Cracks and Racks, $10,988; Catherine Cussaguet, $6,285; and Meredith Pepper Bass, $3,690.Waters credited Elaine Grossman and Lisa Consiglio with providing the vision and drive that made the event so successful. “It just goes to show what a small group of committed volunteers can accomplish when they put their heads and hearts together to support a common goal,” Waters said. “Just think of all the women we can help and the lives we can possibly save.”With the funds raised from both the Race for the Cure and the Ride for the Cure, the Komen Aspen affiliate will be able to award 62 percent more grant money than compared to previous years. Grant applications for 2005 were due on Sept. 15, with awards to be announced in October. Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds from the ride will fund local breast-health education projects and screening and treatment grants in Pitkin, Garfield and Eagle counties. Twenty-five percent will go toward the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’s national research and award programs. The cost to produce the event was approximately 23 percent of the $405,000 raised.
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