Monday, October 22, 2012

What Fun! Wheels for Meals!

Earlier this month, one of the neatest cycling events in our region took place, the Wheels for Meals ride for the Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County.  (Hint:  Next year's ride will be Saturday, October 5th...will you take part?)

Here's the report from the Food Pantry about this year's ride...sounds like GREAT FUN!!

"On Saturday, October 6th, at 8:00 a.m., thirty-five people and their bicycles lined up in front of the Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County to ride to Valentine and back, an 88 mile ride! While a few only rode to Valentine, and another group rode fewer miles than that, many of the riders did the entire distance. ALL of the riders raised funds to support the Pantry’s efforts to provide supplemental food to 20% of our county’s residents. The bike ride brought in donations over $32,000, including sponsorships from many local businesses and individuals, far exceeding expectations.
Over 40 volunteers manned the “Pit Stops”, placed about 15 miles apart, providing the cyclists needed respite, snacks, water and Gatorade. The Valentine lunch stop volunteers, led by Sul Ross Theatre director, Dona Roman, greeted the riders in costume and played Halloween-themed music to which the riders enthusiastically danced while chowing down on PBJ sandwiches and Maria Grubbs’ famous deviled eggs.
At the end of the day, riders, volunteers, sponsors and guests were invited to the fabulous annual post-ride cook-out at Rick Herrman’s and Margaret O’Donnell’s home, where riders were rewarded with their “collectible ride dog tags” and all were treated to dishes from some of the best cooks in the area!
The Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County also provides lunch food for the children of these families since the schools have no lunch program. Food is becoming more costly and less available. The monies raised will make a great difference in the Pantry’s ability to continue its food programs. It took 35 riders, 46 volunteers and 28 generous sponsors to help make this the most successful event ever for the Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County.
To find out more about the Food Pantry and how you can become involved with next year’s Wheels for Meals go to"

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