Tony Loyd is a podcaster who interviews social entrepreneurs. He has just been invited to host a weekly, drive-time radio show. He’s also finishing up a book. To launch all of this, Tony is running a crowdfunding campaign on StartSomeGood.com.
Tony lives by the mantra “miracles happen when you are in motion.” He says, the radio show came about because he was out and about, was producing a podcast and another host of the radio show connected him to the producer.
His book, Crazy Good Advice, features ten lessons from the 150 episodes of his show, extracting patterns and insights from the great social entrepreneurs he’s interviewed.
Tony is out to change the world.
He says, “Our business is focused only on amplifying the stories of social entrepreneurs. Stories move us. They take us out of our logical brains and help us to connect with one another.”
“When people hear stories of social good, they are engaged, informed and inspired,” he continues. “Because social entrepreneurs are everyday people like you and me, when listeners hear their stories, they see themselves as possible changemakers too.”
The audio format is powerful, Tony says. “The stories inspire people to take action. Listeners are more inclined to give time, talent, and treasure to help a cause. Or, they take the leap and become changemakers themselves. The circle expands and encourages more social good and more stories that need to be told.”
More about the Social Entrepreneur:
Every Monday you hear interviews with social entrepreneurs, founders, investors and thought leaders. They share their successes, failures and what they have learned along the way.
Tony is the executive producer of the podcast Social Entrepreneur where you can hear the stories of changemakers who are making an impact on the world.
Tony has provided leadership to Fortune 500 companies for over 25 years, with global brands such as John Deere, Medtronic and Buffalo Wild Wings. He has extensive experience conducting strategic planning, leading organizational design, creating talent management strategy and conducting leadership development workshops.
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With Proceeds Benefiting Hope-Hill Elementary School, 5K Aims to Raise Funding for Historic Neighborhood
Press Release – ATLANTA (June 6, 2017) – The Hope-Hill Elementary Foundation, a local organization supporting the students of Hope-Hill Elementary School in Atlanta’s historic Old Fourth Ward (O4W), has announced the Second Annual Old Fourth Ward 5K (O4W 5K). The road race’s route runs exclusively through the neighborhood and all proceeds will directly benefit the school. The 2017 race will be held Saturday, June 17.
Much like its inaugural year, many of Atlanta’s leading tech and digital firms are involved and helping sponsor the event. This year’s sponsors include MailChimp, Makaila & Co. Realty, Sherrill & Hutchins, Anura 37, Epic Development, Grindhouse Killer Burgers, Hungeling CPA, Fourth Ward Alliance, Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium, Atlanta Summer Beer Fest and Nebo. Nebo, a human-centered digital agency based in Midtown Atlanta, is spearheading the race’s communication efforts.
“Last year’s race created such a sense of belonging and comradery within the neighborhood,” said Brian Easter, co-founder of Nebo and Old Fourth Ward resident. “We’ve seen more and more businesses and residents come in within the past year in an effort to help transform the community for the better – including giving back to organizations like the Hope-Hill Foundation. We couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this again.”
City Councilman Kwanza Hall is also lending support to the race’s efforts, cementing his belief that kids coming from schools like Hope-Hill Elementary are integral parts of the city’s future.
“This neighborhood is rooted deep within the heart of Atlanta,” said Hall, who serves as the councilman for District 2, which includes the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. “Supporting and empowering students and their families is one of the most important things that we can do as a city. I’m honored to be a part of this event again and proud of the Hope-Hill Elementary Foundation for working so hard and inspiring this community.”
Hope-Hill educates students from Pre-K through 5th grade. More than 90 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced school lunches, and more than 10 percent of the children at Hope-Hill are homeless. Hope-Hill also includes families living in the Bedford Pines neighborhood, the largest concentration of poverty in the Southeastern U.S.
“Last year’s race brought in such a tremendous outpouring of support from the local neighborhood,” said Jessica Sherrill, a Hope-Hill Elementary Foundation board member. “We’re excited to bring the race back and continue our efforts with the school. Even the smallest amount of support goes a long way for these children, and to be able to make this race an annual event is an incredible milestone. We could not have done it without our outstanding community partners and sponsors.”
The course begins and ends across the street from Ponce City Market on North Ave. and runs throughout the neighborhood, including the Historic Fourth Ward Park and the MLK, Jr. Historic District. It is also a Peachtree Qualifier and USATF Certified.
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Press Release – ALEXANDRIA, VA, and AUSTIN, TX, June 6, 2017 – Global Impact, a world leader in growing global philanthropy, has joined forces with Charity Charge, a Public Benefit Corporation offering the first credit card with a rewards program that earns 1% cash back on purchases as charitable donations. Through this partnership, Charity Charge will make available a credit card with Growfund, Global Impact’s innovative charitable giving platform, that will enable the cashback rewards to be saved, invested, and granted to nearly one million charities of the cardholder’s choice.
The partnership between these two organizations occurs at the nexus of technology, finance and philanthropy, advancing a shared mission to transform the methods by which people can donate. Ann Canela, Vice President of Global Impact and an architect of the Growfund giving platform said, “Charity Charge shares our vision of leveraging technology to transform the systems of giving. We created Growfund to democratize philanthropy by offering individuals a chance to create their own personal foundation to engage with their causes more deeply.” She added, “Our partnership with Charity Charge will make it easier for individuals to integrate giving more seamlessly into their daily lives, as they can now transform their everyday purchases into everyday donations.”
Growfund is Global Impact’s charitable giving tool that democratizes philanthropy by allowing individuals to create their own personal foundation and experience the benefits of a Donor Advised Fund (DAF), with as little as $1 to start. Unlike other DAFs that require sizeable contributions before the funds are invested, Growfund contributions can be invested with the first $1. When ready to give, donors can make grants to nearly one million domestic and international charities through Growfund’s partnership with GuideStar. Operating like a money market or 401(k) investment platform, Growfund helps individual donors grow their contributions, plan for their giving, and then give with impact where they live, learn and work. The credit card rewards program will provide an additional way for Growfund owners to add funds automatically.
Said Stephen Garten, CEO and founder of Charity Charge, “We created Charity Charge to empower donors to do good every day through their regular purchases, at no cost to the recipient charities. We are proud to partner with Global Impact to help donors Charge It Forward to their Growfund. The Charity Charge World MasterCard will offer everyday donors a way to amplify their contributions and plan for their giving to the causes they care about, with every swipe.”
To apply for a Growfund Charity Charge World MasterCard, click here.
About Global Impact
Global Impact is a leader in growing global philanthropy. The organization builds partnerships and raises resources that help the world’s most vulnerable people by providing integrated, partner-specific advisory and backbone services; workplace fundraising and representation; campaign design, marketing and implementation for workplace and signature fundraising campaigns; and fiscal agency and technology services. Global Impact works with more than 300 public and private sector workplace giving campaigns to generate funding for an alliance of more than 100 international charities. Through strategic council and implementation support, Global Impact equips private sector and nonprofit organizations to achieve their philanthropic goals. The organization also served as administrator for four of the world’s largest workplace giving campaigns, including the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA) and the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas (CFC-O). Since 1956, Global Impact has generated more than $1.8 billion to help the world’s most vulnerable people.
About Charity Charge
Charity Charge, PBC is an Austin-based startup that’s transforming the way people give to nonprofits. The Charity Charge World MasterCard, issued by Commerce Bank, is the first credit card to let users donate the 1% cash back they receive on all purchases for up to three charities of their choice. Through unique partnerships with GuideStar and Network for Good, Charity Charge has the ability to distribute donations to any nonprofit registered in the U.S. Founded by CEO Stephen Garten, the company’s goal is to leverage technology to bring philanthropy into the 21st Century.
To apply for a card or for nonprofit registration information, visit charitycharge.com.
The Undefeated EOD Warrior 5K Run/Walk raised over $37,000 to help EOD warriors and their families
Press Release – SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – (June 5, 2017) – The EOD Warrior 5K, an event held in San Diego, Calif. that benefits the EOD Warrior Foundation, raised over $37,000 on Memorial Day this year. The annual run/walk included a variety of family activities including a kids bounce house, a beer garden, and several vendors. When the event was finished, the event raised $37,031, which will continue to increase, as they receive contributions from vendors that sold at the event, the packet pickup sponsor Road Runner Sports and from virtual runners in Guam.
“This event was a huge success and we are grateful to everyone who contributed,” explains Leonard Gee, fundraising specialist for the EOD Warrior Foundation. “It was a beautiful day, there was a great crowd, lots of money was raised, and it was all for a good cause. It just doesn’t get any better than this.”
Funds raised included race registration fees, sponsorships, and vendor contributions. All funds raised are used to support the EOD Warrior Foundation’s mission to improve the quality of life for the EOD family by providing financial relief, scholarship opportunities, physical, social, and emotional support. The organization provides assistance in a variety of ways, including improving the quality of life through therapeutic healing retreats, educational scholarships, financial relief, and by providing physical, social, and emotional support. Some of the assistance they have provided includes:
“There are many EOD warriors and their families in need of support,” added Gee. “It’s with great events like the EOD Warrior 5K that enables us to continue carrying out our mission and helping our warriors.”
The EOD Warrior Foundation is an organization that helps the families of the 7,000 people in our military who are Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians, and perform bomb disposal duties. The EOD Warrior Foundation helps this elite group by providing financial relief, therapeutic healing retreats, a scholarship program, care of the EOD Memorial Wall located at Eglin AFB, Fla. and more. Their work is supported by private donations and the generosity of those who support the organization. To learn more about the EOD Warrior Foundation, or see their fundraising events calendar, visit their site at: www.eodwarriorfoundation.org.
About EOD Warrior Foundation
The EOD Warrior Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help EOD warriors and their family members to include families of fallen EOD warriors. Specific programs include financial relief, college scholarships, hope and wellness retreats and care of the EOD Memorial located at Eglin AFB, Fla. To learn more about the EOD Warrior Foundation, or see their fundraising events calendar, visit their site at: www.eodwarriorfoundation.org.
Press Release – FAIRFAX, Virginia – (June 6, 2017) – Want to help raise money for charity and get a good workout in at the same time? Those who join in on the Longest Day Fundraiser will be doing just that, by lifting weights for a great cause. The 2nd annual event will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc., located at 3160 Spring St., E-F, Fairfax, Virginia. The open gym event will last through all of the daylight hours on that day, where participants can take part in the free training being offered.
“Last year, we raised around $5,500 for charity and we had a great time doing it,” explains Sarah Walls, personal trainer and owner of SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc., who is also the strength and conditioning coach for WNBA’s Washington Mystics. “We hope to raise even more this year and give people a great workout while we are at it.”
The funds raised in the Longest Day will go to the Alzheimer’s Association, which are used to further their mission in helping to find a cure for the disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 47 million around the world have the condition, and that number is expected to reach 75 million by the year 2030. It’s also the sixth leading cause of death, and in the U.S. someone develops the condition every 66 seconds.
The Longest Day is an annual fundraiser held on the summer solstice. Individuals or groups participate by selecting an activity they enjoy doing and then raising funds for the cause. SAPT will be offering an easy way for people to participate in the event. They can stop down at the club during daylight hours on June 17, 2017 to participate in free training all day. The club will be collecting donations from those who participate, with all of the funds raised being given to the Alzheimer’s Association.
The club participates in the annual event because the cause hits close to home. The owner lost both of her grandmothers to the disease, and the club’s office manager lost her mother to it.
“Exercising and getting fit can help to improve one’s quality of life,” added Walls. “This is an issue that has touched us as it has so many others, and we want to do something to and help the cause. Getting fit and raising funds doing it is a win-win situation for all.”
Individuals and teams are invited to work out on the Longest Day. Individuals who donate $150 will receive an event T-shirt, and teams that donate $500 or more will receive a T-shirt.
Sarah Walls has over 15 years experience in coaching and personal training. Owner of SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc, founded in 2007, she offers coaching to develop athletes, adult programs, team training, online coaching, and more. She is also the strength and conditioning coach for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, and has over eight years of experience working as an NCAA D1 strength and conditioning coach and personal trainer. To learn more, visit the site: www.saptstrength.com.
SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc.
Located in Fairfax, Virginia, SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc. is a high performance training club that specializes in helping to develop athletes of all ages. They offer athletic training programs for youth, college students, and amateurs. The company was founded in 2007 by Sarah Walls, a professional strength and conditioning coach and personal trainer with NCAA D1 experience, and is the strength and conditioning coach for the WNBA Washington Mystics team. To learn more, visit the site: www.saptstrength.com.
Alzheimer’s Association. About Alzheimer’s. http://act.alz.org/site/TR?fr_id=9704&pg=informational&sid=23674
Adults across the nation from ages 18 to 40 will benefit from Santa Barbara event
Press Release – Santa Barbara, Calif., June 5, 2017 – Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults, hosted its third annual Summer Dream fundraiser to benefit Dreamers ages 18 to 40 on Saturday, June 3. The festive event included a fashion show featuring A Tropical Affair, Calypso St. Barth, K. Frank, Lolë, Miller’s Oath, UGG and local designers Catherine Gee and Danielle Rocha of Rocha Swim. Other highlights included performances by local singer/songwriter, Gabe Reali, DJ Qu1z0, synchronized swimmers, Aqualillies and decadent food and drink from Heat Culinary, Patròn Tequila, Sun Potion, Summerland Winery, Topa Topa, Rori’s Artisanal Creamery and Green Star Coffee.
“Summer Dream is the perfect opportunity to introduce and educate our local community about Dream Foundation’s mission, what the future holds, and about the diverse Dreamers and Dreams that the organization serves,” says Dream Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer Kisa Heyer. “Many are surprised to learn how many Dreamers are under the age of 40 and how seemingly simple yet incredibly prolific their Dreams can be. We hope this fun event continues to expand our Dream Foundation community.”
Attendees included Daryl & John Stegall, Eva Guerrand-Hermès, Mireille Noone, Jelinda DeVorzon, Michelle Ebbin, Belle & Daniel Cohen, Jim Nigro, Belle Cohen, Ursula & Pat Nesbitt, who generously offered their home for the event, Summer Dream emcee and KEYT Channel 3’s Meteorologist, Alan Rose, second and third annual Summer Dream Committee Chair Arlene Montesano, Dream Foundation board members Justine Roddick, Luke Ebbin and Board Chair Kenny Slaught.
Dream Foundation believes that everyone deserves to have their final days filled with inspiration, comfort and closure. Receiving no state or federal funding, the organization and its Dreamers rely solely on private donations. One hundred percent of the proceeds of Summer Dream will be allocated to fulfill the Dreams of terminally-ill young adults, 18-40 years old.
About Dream Foundation:
Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults, fulfills final Dreams that provide inspiration, comfort and closure at the end of life. With the support of a nationwide network of volunteers, hospices, health care organizations and committed donors, Dream Foundation has given life to more than 27,000 final Dreams over the past two decades and has never turned down a qualified applicant. The Foundation is proud to maintain Charity Navigator’s four-star rating—its highest—for sound fiscal management ensuring its donors and partners that their investment will be used wisely. Dream Foundation receives no state of federal funding—we rely solely on private donations. To support our mission please visit DreamFoundation.org/donate.
THE NEW BREED: The Rise of the Social Entrepreneur – is a new feature documentary that captures millennial change-makers using business to fix some of the world’s biggest problems. They are raising money on StartSomeGood. Recently I caught up with Pete Williams to learn more about the effort; here’s what he told me:
What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?
I was inspired to make a feature film about Social Entrepreneurship because so many people still don’t know what it means and so many of us in the field find it hard to define. The two primary goals of THE NEW BREED are to raise Social Entrepreneurship to mainstream awareness and to encourage all of us to be more conscious about who we share our money with and what effect that has on people and the planet.
How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?
We are hoping to raise $20,000 from our crowdfunding efforts, which will be used exclusively to cover travel costs to film stories of social impact outside of the USA. Our three featured entrepreneurs have their impact centres in Chile, Peru and Uganda and the money raised will cover flights and accommodation for crew as well as car hire, local fixers and equipment.
Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?
The entrepreneurs we are featuring in the film are helping end poverty in Uganda, empower women in Peru, rescue plastics from the ocean in Chile and supply homeless men and women with products they need in the USA. The film will highlight these stories in the hope of inspiring a new generation of change-makers to consider a life as a social entrepreneur or intrapreneur.
What rewards, if any, are you offering to your supporters?
We are offering a bunch of great incentives all made with love by our Social Entrepreneur partners. We have t-shirts from Krochet Kids, socks from Bonfolk and skateboards from Bureo as well as pins, hats, watches, bags and much more.
Check out the campaign:
The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) wants to build artificial nests for endangered African penguins. They are raising money on kickstarter. Recently I caught up with Rob Vernon to learn more about the effort; here’s what he told me:
What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?
African penguins are in peril. Where once there were over one million breeding pairs of penguins, now there are only about 25,000. And if we don’t act right now, we could lose the species entirely to extinction. These unique and fascinating birds used to build their nests where they lay their eggs and raise their families in a thick, stable layer of guano — yep, that’s poop. But for decades, their guano has been over-harvested by humans to sell as fertilizer, leaving them without a safe place to make their homes. Add to that problem predation, dwindling food supply, and habitat changes and you’ve got a recipe for unimaginable population decline. But hope for the African penguin is not lost! Members of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) from around the globe have come together with a plan to take on this unique challenge. We’ve got the best animal scientists and researchers on the case, and they’ve got a simple, but powerful, solution: an artificial nest, rigorously tested and perfected in the field. Our Kickstarter campaign is an easy and fun way (with great rewards!) anyone can help save a species!
How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?
We want to raise $150,000 to help build and place 1,500 artificial nests for African penguins. This is part of the AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction African Penguin Artificial Nest Development Project (Learn more: https://www.aza.org/SAFE-african-penguin-conservation-projects#5). The nests will be built by hand in South Africa, providing local jobs. So far, we have raised just over $122,000.
Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?
AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums, and our partners around the world, are working fast and furiously to find solutions to the dangers African penguins face. But we can’t do it without you. So far, we’ve been able to secure funding for the first research and development phase of our project. Now we’re ready to take it to the next level. You can help us produce and install 1,500 nests to place in actual penguin colonies across South Africa and Namibia. So yes — zoos and aquariums need your help to make this happen. But ultimately, it’s the African penguins that need you. Humans have contributed to the decline of this species, and it’s up to us to give them a chance for survival.
What rewards, if any, are you offering to your supporters?
We have a variety of rewards at all levels including totes, mugs, car decals, t-shirts, plus original penguin art, unique zoo and aquarium experiences, penguin charm bracelets from ALEX + ANI, and even a voicemail from Jack Hanna!
Check out the campaign:
Public to vote in digital storytelling contest that addresses gender disparity in education
Press Release – SEATTLE (June 2, 2017) – Digital media has the power to unite people from diverse backgrounds, empower those who create, and even raise funds for people in need. Global charity GreaterGood.org is harnessing that power to fuel its new Girls’ Voices for Change contest in an effort to help build confidence in young girls, while raising funds to support their education.
The Girls’ Voices for Change contest is an initiative in which 100 girls with barriers to their education from eight countries, including Bonaire, Haiti, India, Jordan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Uganda and the United States, were invited to create digital media—both video and photography—demonstrating personal triumphs, solutions to gender disparity, and vision for a more empowered education for girls.
“GreaterGood.org has a deep commitment to supporting girls’ education, and we are excited to be creating more opportunities for learning and creative expression, while giving donors a greater view into the lives of the girls they are supporting,” says Liz Baker, Executive Director of GreaterGood.org.
From June 7 – 21, 2017, the public will vote for their favorite photo submission and video submission through the Girls’ Voices for Change Facebook application. Voting will take place at GirlsVoicesForChange.org, and users must have a Facebook account to participate. The winner in each category will be awarded a $500 educational scholarship. The videos will also be reviewed by an independent panel of judges who will select one “Big Idea Prize” winner—the participant who created a piece that best demonstrated a local solution to gender disparity in education—who will be awarded $1,000 for a community project. In this contest, however, every participant can win. Through Girls’ Voices’ partnership with GreaterGood.com, each vote cast will help fund girls’ education—GreaterGood will fund a day of schooling for a girl for every 300 votes the contest receives.
“In addition to receiving a quality education, it is important that girls have the opportunity to express their point of view about the issues that affect them most. Some, like the girls from Syria, are from conflict areas where they have been out of school for nearly four years,” explains Patricia Cogley, Girls’ Voices Program Director. “This program helps them express their goals for their education, while gaining the financial support to enable them to continue to go to school.”
The Girls’ Voices for Change contest is an expansion of the Girls’ Voices pilot program, which launched in 2016. The signature program from GreaterGood.org included 35 girls from Guatemala, Haiti and Uganda, who created compelling digital media through the program and raised money for their education.
“This is more than just creating a video so the girls can earn money for their schooling,” says Maureen Plaisimond, Girls’ Voices facilitator in Haiti. “There is a lot of progress and personal growth that comes from creating the projects that will help the girls continue to stay in school.”
Currently, more than 62 million girls are not in school, and 32 million secondary-aged girls are missing out on their education. This is the direct result of cultural, social, and economic barriers that stand in the way of girls who want to learn. Supporting adolescent girls’ education in particular can have significant effects in transforming not only one girl’s life, but her community’s as well. The Girls’ Voices program hopes to serve as a catalyst for change on this social issue.
In addition to voting through GreaterGood.org’s Facebook page, the public can help Girls’ Voices participants by viewing their contest entries and donating directly to each girls’ education fund at GirlsVoicesForChange.org.
GreaterGood.org is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that works to improve the health and well-being of people, pets, and the planet. It accomplishes this mission by partnering with charitable organizations and administering programs worldwide that address hunger and illness (particularly in women and children), promote education and literacy, feed and care for rescued animals in shelters and sanctuaries, and protect wildlife and restore the environment. A suite of internally funded Signature Programs staffed by experts in their respected fields, furthers the mission of Giving Where It Matters.
Over the last 10 years, GreaterGood.org has worked with more than 3,000 charitable partners worldwide and created and operated several Signature Programs including Rescue Rebuild, Rescue Bank, Girl’s Voices and GROW. You can learn more about GreaterGood.org on our website or by following us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Sports Royalty and NBA Greats Luke Walton and Steve Nash plus Pac-12 Conference Football Coaches Jim Mora (UCLA) and Clay Helton (USC) were Among the VIPs Riding in Place for Cancer Research at the Beachside Charity Event
Press Release – LOS ANGELES, Calif., – On Sunday, May 21, Los Angeles Lakers alumni, Southern California rival college football coaches and other sports notables joined forces to raise money for three cancer charities at the award-winning 5th Annual Tour de Pier stationary cycling fundraiser held at the Manhattan Beach Pier, one of Los Angeles’ most iconic landmarks.
United with sports celebrities, the Los Angeles-metropolitan community came out in overwhelming support for the Tour de Pier. With nearly 10,000 in attendance, the prestigious spring outdoor philanthropic event set new fundraising records by surpassing its goal of raising more than $1.28 million for the benefiting charities: the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research; Uncle Kory Foundation and the Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach. This year’s fundraising efforts exceeded last year’s unprecedented $1.1 million mark bringing the accumulated total amount raised to more than $4 million since its inception in 2013.
“Each year, the Tour de Pier grows with exponential support by the community as well as corporate sponsors,” said Lisa Manheim, Co-founder of the Tour de Pier and Executive Director for the Hirshberg Foundation. “It’s inspiring to see that so many people are suiting up to fight for a cancer cure. If this much enthusiasm and determination continues, we are well on our way to finding a cure by funding necessary research as well as developing the latest treatments.”
To help make the fitness fundraiser a huge success, the Tour de Pier invited a few sports and entertainment celebrities to stop by to pedal for a worthy cause: Los Angeles Lakers alums Luke Walton (Head Coach, Los Angeles Lakers) and Steve Nash (2x NBA MVP/former Los Angeles Laker); rival college football coaches Clay Helton (Head Coach of USC Football) and Jim Mora (Head Coach of UCLA Football); Deb Carson (Fox Sports News Radio anchor); Chris McGee (Sports Broadcaster, Time Warner Sportsnet); Rob Stone (Host, Fox Sports 1); Tony Cruz (Olympic Cyclist); Adam Krikorian (2x Gold Medal USA Women’s Water Polo Coach); Maggie Steffens and Kiley Neushul (Olympic Gold Medalists, Water Polo) and Dr. Kristi Funk (television personality).
“Having sports royalty at the Tour de Pier certainly heightened awareness of the need for more intense cancer research,” said Heath Gregory, Co-founder of the Tour de Pier and Founder of the Uncle Kory Foundation. “We are honored to have had their presence and support in helping make the Tour de Pier a rising success.”
Nearly 1500 cyclists rode on 350 stationary bikes not only to raise money for cancer research, but to remember those who had lost their battle to cancer as well as to support patients and their loved-ones who had been affected by this disease. The family-fun, charity event hosted a free Health & Fitness Expo, a Cardio Kids Fun Zone with games and activities in addition to live entertainment including the UCLA Spirit Squad, the LA Galaxy Star Squad, the Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders and a spectacular choreographed eight-plane flyover by Tiger Squadron. For the first time, the Tour de Pier raffled off a brand new Ford car valued up to $50,000.
The Tour de Pier debuted in May 2013 and was co-founded by Jon Hirshberg, Heath Gregory and Lisa Manheim. Together, they produce the award-winning charitable fundraiser which continues to thrive each year attracting more participation from the community and corporate sponsors as well as raising more money for cancer research.
In March 2014, the City of Manhattan Beach Parks & Recreation Department won a prestigious award for Outstanding Special Event for the Tour De Pier, presented by the State of California Association of Parks and Recreation Commissioners. Competing against many other cities throughout California, Tour de Pier was recognized as an event that significantly contributes to the overall betterment of the community. For more information, please visit www.TourdePier.com.