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Rider Cup helps feed Eagle County schoolchildren

Allyson Litt

EAGLE COUNTY — Help feed the kids in style with the 2013 Rider Cup.

Organized by the Cordillera Motorcycle Association, the 2013 Rider Cup celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, with events beginning Thursday.

What does the Rider Cup do? The past few years, the foundation has helped feed local elementary school students 40,000 breakfasts.

“Kids can’t learn when they’re hungry,” said Bob Schmidt, with the Cordillera Motorcycle Association. “We think this makes a difference.”

In addition, the kindergartners of Avon Elementary receive backpacks and other school supplies thanks to the proceeds.

In 2003 when the foundation took off, its only priority was the school supplies. Upon meeting with the teachers and principals, they figured getting the children a nutritious start to the day was more important.

“You have no idea how many kids show up to school without having anything to eat,” said member Greg Allen.

Why pick just one then, right? In 2004 when the Rider Cup was born, they began working with more than 50 different charities throughout Eagle County in order to provide both supplies and breakfast. Truly, the best of both worlds.

“It’s probably one of the most fun parties around,” said Laura Foster, who helps organize the event. “We like to say it’s having fun while growing old, disgracefully.”

The members involved in the Cordillera Motorcycle Association are anywhere from 20 to 70 years old, making the Rider Cup a good time for anyone.

On Thursday evening, there will be a golf game with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. with some barbecue grub prior at the Cordillera Summit Golf Club. Friday and Saturday, there will be motorcycle rides with times still to be announced. The best part will take place Saturday evening at the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek. There’s cocktails with a silent auction from 6 to 7:30 p.m. followed by a dinner, and returning entertainment by the Davis Circus of Illusion.

The entertainment should be reason enough to get involved for such a great cause. Craig Davis has been performing across the United States as a professional illusionist, magician and juggler since 1980.

All the money raised will provide breakfasts for Avon Elementary, Edwards Elementary, June Creek Elementary and Homestake Peak School. In addition, the Cordillera Motorcycle Association foundation’s Ride for Success program provides textbooks qualifying HERO scholars at Colorado Mountain College.

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