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Why We Ride: Fundraising & Impact

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Any cyclist would tell you how important it is to fuel up with a healthy meal before a long ride. But for 1 in 7 people in the Southern Tier, that meal may be out of reach. Tour de Keuka riders participate to help ensure that no child, neighbor or senior goes hungry. With every $10 donated, the Food Bank is able to provide 30 meals to neighbors in need.

To start fundraising online, click here to set up your personal fundraising page on everydayhero. Set your goal ($150 to participate, $250 to get a TDK jersey, or set your goal even higher!) and share with family, friends and coworkers.

If you're part of a team, you can create a page to highlight your shared efforts and invite people to support each team member's individual page.

Fundraising Tips

  • Share your fundraising page on social media and share your progress as you get closer to reaching your goal.
  • Make a list of everyone you know: family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and acquaintances. These are all potential donors, and you might be surprised who is willing to donate!
  • Break your goal down. To reach $150, you only need 10 people to give $15.
  • Stories are powerful. When asking for donations, explain why hunger relief is a cause you care about and why participating in Tour de Keuka is important to you. 
    Stories from the Road

Ken Ryan, who's known as "Kenny" by his cowokers in the Food Bank warehouse, has been cycling for almost 10 years. In all that time, the only thing that kept him away from his bike was mitral valve repair surgery—and he credits his quick post-surgery recovery to cycling. "Cycling has helped me to think healthier, eat healthier, and just take care of myself," explains Kenny.

This will be Kenny's second year participating in Tour de Keuka, but his goal of feeding people hasn't changed. Before working at the Food Bank, Kenny himself had to rely on food pantries, so he understands first-hand how great the need is. "Stopping hunger is the main reason that I like working at the Food Bank and it is the main reason I'm participating in Tour de Keuka: to raise money so that families and children in the community have enough food." 

Jenny and Randy Rhoads - Jenny and Randy are chairs of the Tour de Keuka cycling event which has raised over $500,000 for area charities since 2004. Click here to read their story.





Stacey Esslinger and daughter Eliza - The Tour de Keuka has become a family affair for Stacey and her family. Click here to read their story.

"I have always believed in giving back to your community and the Food Bank of the Southern Tier is a great way to support our neighbors."

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