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Thank you from the Napa Rotary Club, The Pathway Home Inc. and Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind for making Saturday, April 22 a huge 10th-year success. This year’s event was magical with perfect weather and even a few misty drops of rain very early that morning to keep our cyclists cool.

Every year as we work hard to put this event together we remember the Rotary creed: “Service Above Self” and that’s exactly what you give to your community by being our partner. We thank you so much for your generosity, compassion and partnership. We hope to see you next year as we celebrate our 11th year. Here are our impressive statistics for The Rotary Club of Napa’s 10th Annual Cycle for Sight/Rotary Ride for Veterans.

There were approximately 1,700 cyclists, 200 non-riders joining the cyclists for the festival and another 200 volunteers. The group of approximately 700 riders on the 25-mile course rode a combined total of 17,500 miles. The group of approximately 640 riders on the 50-mile course rode a combined total of 32,000 miles. The group of approximately 360 riders on the 15-mile course rode a combined total of 5,400 miles

The ages of the riders varied from toddlers in trailers to an 83-year-old rider. More than half the riders were over 50; 47 percent of the riders were women, 53 percent men. About 400 of the 50-mile riders were over 50; 76 of them over 65.

We had over 100 riders from out of state, including Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington.

We had 27 wineries that came with a total of 600 bottles of wine to pour for tastings. We had more than 200 volunteers helping make it safe and fun. We set up 72 tents for the festival site.

We put up 313 Memorial Mile signs on along the entrance to the Veterans Home to honor and remember our loved ones and show our support for veterans

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Over the past 10 years we raised approximately $2 million, helping over 400 veterans and their families, and enabling hundreds of children to attend the Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind, as well assisting many other local non-profits.

Your partnership and generosity will have a lasting impact on the lives of blind children and their families and our brave warriors who have the courage to deal with their deployment related mental health issues, continue their education and get the job skills they need to return to civilian life successfully.

This remarkable 10th year success story of beautiful weather, powerful partnerships and tremendous volunteer efforts before and after the event was one more testament to the generosity of the Napa Valley.

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You are our hero. Without your support, we could never change lives and bring 2,700 people together on a warm spring morning in April. http://www.cycle4sight.com.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. We are forever grateful for your partnership and we hope to see you back again next year as we host Year 11.

Gary Rose, Tim Cooney, Brian Gross, Dorothy Salmon

Rotary Club of Napa

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