BEAVER CREEK — This year, the annual Rider Cup charity fundraising event will be held July 12 at the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek. This dinner and dance event will begin at 6 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Items available in the auction include two 2015 Masters golf badges, a 1999 Harley Davidson Road King Classic motorcycle, a Golden Bear mama bear necklace and a weekend stay in a Boston North End condominium.
Entertainment will be provided by Duck Soup, “the unofficial band of the PGA Tour” — a popular eight-piece band that performs throughout the United States and internationally.
The attire will be Western casual and motorcycle gear. Net proceeds from this event will go the Vail Valley Motorcycle Foundation and the United Way of Eagle River Valley for further distribution to Eagle County residents in need.
Focused on Helping Children
Founded in 2004, the Vail Valley Motorcycle Foundation (formerly the Cordillera Motorcycle Foundation) was established as the charitable arm of their motorcycle association that raised money for over 40 charities focused on helping children and less fortunate residents of the Eagle River Valley. Since its inception, the Rider Cup event has raised over $2 million.
In 2008, the Vail Valley Motorcycle Foundation shifted its focus to a more specific commitment in assisting the Eagle County students by providing funds for breakfasts for Eagle County elementary schools as well as backpacks and supplies for kindergarten and first-grade students. In addition, the foundation created the “Ride to Success” textbook program for HERO scholars at the Colorado Mountain College campus in Edwards.
“We asked ourselves, where can we really help? We decided to help families and kids,” said Greg Allen, one of the foundation’s board members. “That’s where we wanted the money to go.”
Importance of Breakfast
While meeting with a group of Eagle County school principals, it was explained that what the kids really needed was breakfast. As a result of that meeting, the Vail Valley Motorcycle Foundation has since contributed over 40,000 breakfasts annually to Eagle County elementary schoolchildren.
“Research has shown that kids who are hungry don’t learn,” said Bob Schmidt, president of the Vail Valley Motorcycle Foundation. “It’s unfortunate that in this valley, many kids come to school without having had breakfast, and we want to fill that gap. You have no idea how many kids show up without having had anything to eat.”
‘Education is Essential’
The United Way of Eagle River Valley was established in 1994 and is a community convener that mobilizes local businesses, county-based charities, community residents, leaders and public officials to create new and expanded opportunities to help our neighbors in need. Specific focus areas are improving education and reducing the number of school drop-outs, helping people get on the road to financial stability and promoting healthy lives and reducing risky behaviors.
“In our community, education, income and health are the building blocks for opportunity — individually and collectively. Education is essential to getting and keeping a job with wage and health benefits that can sustain a family,” said John Genova, United Way of Eagle River Valley president. “An income that can cover living expenses today and save for tomorrow builds a family’s solid foundation. Good health helps children stay on track at school and helps adults be productive at work. Remove any of these building blocks and the other two topple. Establish and fortify each building block and the foundation for individual and community prosperity is strong.”
Making A Positive Impact
“Part of what makes our county the best place to raise a family is the outpouring of support for kids by our generous community. These kids and parents feel part of something big, something good,” said Jason Glass, Superintendent of Eagle County Schools. “The assistance the VVMF and United Way provide positively impacts children every day. Backpacks, supplies, scholarships and breakfast, supplemental educational programs all help our students by removing barriers to learning and giving tangible, essential support.”
For more information about the Rider Cup contact Laura Foster at laura@ cma-club.com or 970-471-2953. To learn more about United Way of Eagle River Valley, visit the website at www.unitedway eagle.org. To learn more about the Vail Valley Motorcycle Association, visit the website at www.cma-club.org.
“We asked ourselves, where can we really help? We decided to help families and kids. That’s where we wanted the money to go.”
Vail Valley Motorcycle Foundation board member