The 3rd Annual Bike Path Breakfast Kickoff was held on February 27th at Freedom Hill’s Banquet Center in Sterling Heights.
Potential sponsors, participants, and current sponsors for the event were treated to a beautiful breakfast and slide show to promote fundraising and team building opportunities.
“Getting people engaged and excited to form teams and ride together at the event
as well as fundraise is what today is all about”, states Meghan Kindsvater, Fund Development Director. “Bike PATH is an awesome way to bring awareness to our community and create support for CARE’s programming. As the event grows we are able to connect more individuals with our mission and engage them in cycling throughout their communities. We are SO excited to kick off the 60 mile ride to Belle Isle and to have the City of Detroit and Wayne county involved. Bike PATH is the perfect opportunity to have a lot of fun, exercise and celebrate recovery.”
President and CEO of CARE, Monique Stanton, started the morning by thanking the attendees and explaining the programs at the non-profit that was started in 1977. $16,000 raised so far, so we are well on our way to our goal of $60,000.
Andy Brown, Peer Recovery Coach, spoke about his story and chance to mentor people going through the various stages of recovery.
Amie, made one call to CARE in June of 2013. Gave her story of support from the full of fear attitude she had to a space of self empowerment through a structured program with attainable goals. Meeting people who had gone through the same situations as herself was a comfort. She has graduated the Sacred Heart Program and her CARE program. The major changes in her life were positive and evident. She attributes them to the support that she has received through the various members and staff at CARE.
“We believe in providing services that are holistic. CARE is here to support you in a nonjudgmental way,” states Stanton.
Each year the Bike Path has doubled it’s fundraising and is looking for over 200 volunteers.
This year adds a special 60 mile route as well as the 2, 10 and 25 mile routes.
The police departments, municipalities and City of Detroit are major and necessary supporters of the event.
CARE is looking for all sorts of volunteers, including simple jobs like people to cheer at the finish line in support of the riders.
For more information, Brochures, Team Building, and Sponsorship opportunities go to:
Cathleen Francois is the Assistant Executive Director, COO, and Chief Editor for GreeningDetroit.com