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Riding to success

Dear Editor:

Thank you for saying “yes” when asked to support the Aspen/Snowmass Ride for the Cure. Your willingness to donate needed goods and services made the event an overwhelming success. Your generosity contributed to the community excitement and hospitality.

With your help, the Aspen affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation raised $405,000, with more donations coming in daily. A special thanks to the incredible fund-raising achievements of: Peter McBride, $13,100; Susan Plummer, $11,126; Team Cracks and Racks, $10,988; Catherine Cussaguet, $6,285, and Meredith Pepper Bass, $3,690.

Blessed with a picture-perfect day, more than 240 riders participated in the Ride for the Cure, with as many volunteers supporting the riders, making the rider-to-volunteer ratio 1-to-1 in this first-time event. The 100-mile course included many aid stations and support vehicles along the way, winding through Ashcroft, the Maroon Bells, Snowmass Village, the Monastery in Old Snowmass and Woody Creek. The fastest riders finished in just over 4 3/4 hours, with most participants finishing in eight or nine hours.

With the funds raised from both the Race for the Cure and now, the Ride for the Cure, the Komen Aspen affiliate will be able to award 162 percent more grant money than in previous years. Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds from the Aspen/Snowmass Ride for the Cure will fund local breast health education projects, and screening and treatment grants in Pitkin, Garfield and Eagle counties. Twenty-five percent of the net proceeds will fund the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’s national research and award programs.

Please mark your calendar for next year’s Ride on Sept. 10, 2005. We will begin the planning process in the coming weeks and will contact you about your interest in helping us to grow and improve our second annual Ride for the Cure. Again, on behalf of the board of directors of the Aspen affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, a heartfelt thank you.

Elaine Grossman

Lisa Consiglio

co-chairs of the Ride for the Cure

Aspen


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