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Fundraising 'challenge' for military charities accompanies Range Ride through Westside

       A fundraising “challenge” has been issued in response to the Pikes Peak Range Riders' plan to come up West Colorado Avenue after their annual Street Breakfast downtown Wednesday, June 17.
       The challenge asks Westside businesses to respond to the riders' choice of direction - only the second time up the avenue in their 67-year history of supporting the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Foundation - by donating to the military charities the foundation supports.
       The request is from the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) and Avenue Task Force (ATF), two Westside advocacy groups, and the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) business group.
       “Every year since 1950, the Pikes Peak Range Riders have departed from the annual street breakfast for their ride that supports the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo (PPOBR),” reads a press release from Welling Clark, president of OWN and chair of the ATF. “The proceeds from the street breakfast benefit our local military and their families.
       “Support of the PPOBR is one of the missions of the Range Riders but the Rodeo does not benefit financially from the breakfast - only our local military and their families.
       “This year the Range Riders will ride down West Colorado Avenue to Bancroft Park in Old Colorado City and then on through to the Garden of the Gods Park.”
       Clark's accompanying e-mail adds that the riders will leave downtown at about 8 a.m. and stop at Bancroft Park about 8:30 for a “Meet & Greet” with the public by the rodeo's Girls of the West.
       “We challenge all Westside businesses to donate and support those (and their families) that are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice,” the release continues. “Our local military (and their families) experience many hardships in trying to keep us safe. Let's show them and their families our appreciation. Let's help those that protect us by donating a portion of our June 17 revenue to our local military and their families.”
       Checks should be made payable to “Sertoma,” a 501(c)3 organization, and annotated as a “challenge” check “so we can track it,” the release adds. Checks can be mailed or dropped off to: Heather Darrigan, Food Designers, 115 S 25th St., Colorado Springs, CO 80904.
       The release also encourages residents to “walk, shop, and dine along 'the Avenue' (three-plus miles of small businesses) to help us maximize our donations to benefit our local military and their families.”
       For more information, contact Clark at welling80904@yahoo.com or 661-8070.
       Other details about the Range Ride can be found in a separate Westside Pioneer article.:

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 6/14/15; Community: Groups/Clubs)

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