Project Pedal participants shrug off the gloomy weather, have a great ride

The early morning of Saturday, June 13, may have begun with a monsoon, but that didn’t put the brakes on the second annual Project Pedal. Despite the weather, almost 200 bike riders rolled in to the Bay Middle School parking lot bright and early at 8 a.m. to ride in their choice of five routes throughout Bay Village and surrounding communities. The participants rode individually and in teams to raise money and awareness for Village Project.

Heather Ransom, the daughter of a Village Project client, was on hand to encourage the riders and thank them for participating in the fundraiser. Also there to give the riders a formal send-off was Bay High junior Katherine Finley who sang the national anthem before the riders crossed under the colorful balloon arch to begin their rides.

Participants and their friends and family were able to enjoy music, juggling, face-painting and food at the middle school throughout the morning. Although power was lost for a time during the morning, Tyler Parks moved from the stage to the middle school parking lot and entertained the gathering with his guitar. After power was restored, Nolan Cavano and Ian Sanderson took the stage to continue the entertainment.

Project Pedal raised over $20,000 to support Village Project in their mission to provide nourishing meals and extended care and service to residents of Bay Village, Westlake, Avon Lake and Rocky River who are experiencing cancer. Congratulations are in order to the Project Pedal fundraising winners: the Ransom family, Sean McAndrews, the Chernisky family and the Boggess/Reinke family. Winners of the 50/50 bike raffle were Daniel and Sarah Cowles.

There certainly was much to see and do in Bay Village on this particular Saturday. Project Pedal was honored to be a part of Destination Bay, a group of seven special events for the public on June 13 sponsored by local Bay Village non-profit organizations. It made for a day with a little something to delight everyone.

Make sure you save the date for next year. The third annual Project Pedal is scheduled for June 18, 2016. For details of future Village Project events, or to find out how to become a client or volunteer for this organization, please visit the website at ourvillageproject.com.

Diane Frye

I am a Bay Village resident and a volunteer for Village Project. 

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Volume 7, Issue 13, Posted 9:54 AM, 07.07.2015