Our friends over at Clutch Courier invite you to another holiday/charity alley cat race!
It's coming up on that time of the year again, the holiday season, the time for giving. This is the third year in a row that the Santa Cruz Bike Polo Club and Clutch Courier are spreading the holiday cheer and raising donations, food, and gifts for a local non-profit.
On their first year, they were able to raise nearly $1000 for La Familia Center, a local non-profit supporting low income families in the area. Last year, they chose Encompass as their recipient and were able to raise nearly $1000 in cash, food, clothing and other necessities, and gifts.
This year, they're hoping to push past that number. Proceeds from the race will go to Encompass’s “Transitional Youth” program specifically. This program exists to “support and empower youth in making a healthy transition into successful adulthood.”
Here is what Encompass had to say about the Cranksgiving contribution last year: “The donations from Clutch Courier[s]sic mean so much to the youth in our program, especially around the holidays. While many current and former foster youth feel left out and forgotten during the holidays, last year our youth were able to pick out gift cards to their favorite stores, new winter clothes, and have enough groceries to get through the holidays thanks to the donations we received. It not only helped give our youth basic necessities that they might not otherwise have for the winter, but it also inspired hope for their future knowing that the community cared.” – Susan Paradise, Transition Age Youth Services Manager
In past years the race has consisted of only grocery and other retail store check points. This year they will have other checkpoints throughout Santa Cruz County manned with grocery items so riders don't have to spend as much out of pocket and we can get even more goodies to the youth being supported. There will still be awards for most items purchased and most money spent but there will also be awards for heaviest bag, so bring your biggest bag or even a trailer/cargo bike! Expect checkpoints as far south as Aptos and as far west as Wilder Ranch. It hasn't yet been determined how far north they'll go, as they're trying to keep it newbie friendly. You can still team up if you want but single riders are also encouraged if you wanna show off your speed!
Come on out on 11/14/15 at 12 noon at the San Lorenzo duck pond. Riders will be leaving by 1pm at the latest. Afterparty will be at a private residence this year so be ready to party when the sun goes down. They'll have a keg and a bbq with vegan/veggie options.
Thanks again to the community for coming out and racing – Clutch Courier is looking forward to making this the biggest, most successful holiday charity alley cat yet!
Join the Facebook event here.