Kelly Brush Ride Raises $199,000
RIDERS SPIN FOR SKI RACING SAFETY AND ADAPTIVE SPORTS
BURLINGTON, Vt., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The fourth annual Kelly Brush Century Ride was the Kelly Brush Foundation’s most successful to date both in the number of participants and the amount of donations.
A total of 495 riders took part in the event held in Middlebury, Vt. on Saturday, Sept. 12, raising $199,000 for ski racing safety and adaptive sports. The number of riders was up 35 percent, while fundraising was up 47 percent over last year.
“This level of support from riders and our sponsors is tremendous,” said Charlie Brush, Kelly Brush Foundation president. “The Kelly Brush Century Ride continues to grow each year, allowing the foundation to expand efforts to improve ski racing safety and better the lives of those living with spinal cord injury.”
This year’s ride included Team Ride-On, 13 adaptive athletes riding hand cycles lead by Patrick Standen, president of the board of the Northeast Disabled Athletic Association. The team included Sarah Will of Edwards, Colo. and Chris Waddell of Park City, Utah. Both mono skiers are the most decorated Paralympians in their disciplines. Team Ride-On raised $15,470, which means three handcycles, or similar adaptive sports gear, will be donated in the team’s name to athletes with spinal cord injuries. In total 17 handcyclists participated in the event.
“All of us on Team Ride-On welcomed the opportunity to give others with SCI the ability to get adaptive sports equipment. Many of the members of our team purchased the hand cycles they used in the ride with help from Kelly Brush Foundation grants and we’re happy to pay it forward,” Standen said.
The 100-mile Kelly Brush Century Ride benefits spinal cord injury prevention and awareness and funds grants for adaptive sports equipment for those with SCI. The ride also supports the foundation’s grants for improving ski racing safety. For every $5,000 raised by an individual or team taking part in the Kelly Brush Century Ride the foundation donates a hand cycle or other adaptive sports equipment on behalf of the team or individual.
The Kelly Brush Foundation, founded by Middlebury College graduate and ski team member Kelly Brush, raises awareness about ski racing safety, provides adaptive sports equipment for those with spinal cord injury, works to advance research on spinal cord injury, works to increase ski racing safety through grants to clubs throughout the USA and supports the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team.
The Kelly Brush Century Ride was made possible thanks to the generosity of sponsors including: Audi, KeyBank, Saatchi and Saatchi and Champlain Investment Partners.
About the foundation: The Kelly Brush Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving ski racing safety, enhancing the quality of life for those with spinal cord injury(SCI) through providing adaptive sports equipment, advancing scientific research on SCI and supporting the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team. Kelly Brush, together with her family, started the foundation in 2006 after she sustained a severe spinal cord injury while racing in NCAA Div. 1 competition as a member of the Middlebury College Ski Team in Vermont. The Kelly Brush Foundation affirms Kelly’s ongoing commitment to live life on her own terms and better the lives of others living with SCI. www.kellybrushfoundation.org
SOURCE Kelly Brush Foundation