SHEBOYGAN — The weather on Saturday, July 8th was nearly perfect, drawing hundreds of participants to the 4th annual Salvation Ride.
A record 381 cyclists flocked to South Pier to “Ride for a Reason” in the event, raising funds for vital Salvation Army programming. Whether riding 10 or 100 miles, or one of three routes in between, participants in The Salvation Army’s largest fundraising event will impact the lives of hundreds of area residents.
In addition to seeing a record number of riders, the Salvation Ride also raised more than $50,000, the event’s most significant proceeds to date. “This humbling feat would not have been possible without the efforts of many, many people,” said Captain Daryl Mangeri. “Without the tireless work of our staff, the support of our sponsors, the hours given by our volunteers and the participation of our riders, this event just wouldn’t happen. It’s incredible to see what’s possible when people come together for a purpose.”
Abby Block, Development Director for The Salvation Army agreed, saying “The Salvation Ride takes several months and hundreds of hours to put together. It’s truly a labor of love.” Monies raised will support a variety of services at The Salvation Army of Sheboygan, including the Emergency Lodge, food pantry, youth programming and Wellness Center. “Each mile our participants rode and every dollar raised helps the homeless, the hungry and the hurting in the Sheboygan area. We couldn’t be more thrilled with the results,” Block concluded.
Although a year away, The Salvation Army will soon begin planning next year’s event. “We’re always working to make the Ride a better experience for all involved,” Block said. “Next year will be no exception.” The 5th Annual Salvation Ride is slated for Saturday, July 7th.