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Monday, July 23, 2007

CASA Cycling Event in West Lafayette, Indiana

300-mile cycling marathon

benefits CASAs for Kids Fund

25-Hour Cycling Challenge

An extreme cycling challenge will be held this weekend in West Lafayette to test the mettle of area endurance cyclists. Six individuals and five teams will try to ride not 100, not 200, but 300 miles in 25 hours (or less) to raise money for the local CASAs for Kids Fund.

You are invited to the opening ceremony, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 27, at Calvary Baptist Church, 310 Kalberer Road. Rick Laurie, Joe Bolan, Travis Dorsch, Scott Mills, Bree Studenka and Brian Smith will attempt to ride the entire 300 miles. Relay teams from Alcoa, Fairfield, PEFCU, Purdue and the Wabash River Cycling Club will also participate.

Riders will begin the mara-thon at 6:00 p.m., leaving from the church parking lot. Community members are encouraged to get on their bikes and ride the first five-mile lap with the marathon cyclists at 6:00. A donation of $10 per rider or $25 per family to the CASAs for Kids Fund is suggested. Post-ride snacks will be provided for all who ride the first lap.

The five-mile route (Kalberer to Salisbury to 500 North to Soldiers Home Road, back to Kalberer) will allow well-wishers and spectators to see the riders as they pass the church 60 times during the 25-hour event for a total of 300 miles! Come out and encourage the riders Friday, Saturday or as they ride through the night in support of this very worthy cause.

CASAs for Kids Fund

The CASA program looks out for the best interests of some of the most vulnerable children in Tippecanoe County. CASA volunteers, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, represent neglected and abused children in court. When finances are a limiting factor, the CASAs for Kids Fund ensures that these children can attend summer camp, take dance or music lessons and participate in enrichment activities that many other children take for granted.

The CASAs for Kids Fund has the flexibility to provide goods or services not provided by any other source to move a case to resolution or build self-esteem – things like furniture the children need before they can go back home, or even a bike for a child that does not have one. The fund also gives college and vocational scholarships to students who have been through the court system.

To make a donation

If you are unable to attend the event, but would like to make a donation to improve the lives of neglected and abused children in Tippecanoe County, Please make your check payable to CASAs for Kids Fund and mail to:

CASAs for Kids Fund

c/o Rick Laurie

3379 Putnam St.

West Lafayette, IN 47906

This donation is tax deductible.


uncadan8 said...

Sounds like a cool event! Will you be riding?

Tom Stormcrowe and Crazylady said...

No, I'm still taking it easy on my knee, after the flareup on TdC. I'll be getting some video coverage and perhaps an interview though.

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