Biking With The Basses For We Care
Friends and Family
I am asking for your help for Biking With The Basses For We Care, which will support needy families of military personnel in North Carolina. For the past few years, I have volunteered with We Care, and this year I have the privilege and honor to serve as chairman of We Care's fundraising drive. As part of that effort, I am doing a 333 mile bike ride with my two sons to supplement our other fundraising work, and hope you will join our effort.
So, what is We Care?
We Care was started 10 years ago by the Wakefield Senior Men's Golf Association as a way to give back to the community by providing support to the military personnel and their families in North Carolina. From an initial outreach project to send care packages to military personnel abroad, We Care has evolved into a series of fundraising activities that provide direct support to five charitable enterprises based in North Carolina. Each of those charities provides critical support to active duty and veteran military members and their families, including thousands of National Guard members who are deployed each year.
The Soldiers and Airmans Assistance Fund provides support to National Guard families with unusual or preventable hardships. Purple Heart Homes helps disabled veterans who need modifications to their homes to be able to get around. The Joel Fund assists veterans with PTSD. And the USO at RDU aids active duty and retired military traveling through the Raleigh airport when they encounter unusual problems or need assistance. Finally, We Care has a scholarship program that enables disadvantaged children of service families to attend college.
The centerpiece of We Care's effort is an annual charitable golf tournament hosted by the Country Club at Wakefield Plantation. This year's tournament will take place on Tuesday, October 1. But it is not golf that I am asking you to support. Instead, it is Biking With The Basses For We Care.
So, what is Biking With The Basses?
On August 11, I and my two sons, Danny and Aidan, are embarking on a six day, 333 mile bike trip from Pittsburgh to Washington DC, riding along the Great Allegheny Passage Trail, and then the C&O Canal trail along the Potomac River. It is a trip filled with historic sites, including Harper's Ferry and the Cumberland Gap.
We will be on our own- no guide or support van, and for all of us it will the longest bike trek we have undertaken. One main reason for the trip is a father-sons bonding experience, but to make the trip even more worthwhile, I have decided to raise money for the We Care charity that has grown close to my heart.
So, what can you do?
All you need to do is DONATE by clicking on the link below.
You can donate by the mile (ten cents a mile would be $33.30 donation; $1 a mile would be $333; any increment helps), or by a fixed amount. You can pay by credit card, and your donation is tax deductible, as We Care is a 501(c )(3) charity registered in North Carolina. My goal is to raise $5000 to assist this worthy cause. And, don't worry--this is a one time event for me, so you are not going to be hit up every year (although we'd be happy to have you as a regular contributor!)
As part of the effort, I will be blogging throughout the trip and posting photos of our progress, and will make sure you have access.
On behalf of We Care, the charitable beneficiaries of We Care, and the families of those who serve, I thank you for your support.