Growing Every Year…Giving Back to Chautauqua County
In August, the Chautauqua Gran Fondo returned for its third consecutive year, bringing its “party on wheels” through the beautiful, scenic routes of Chautauqua County. The Chautauqua Gran Fondo is a community cycling event designed to promote health and well being for cyclists of all abilities and skill levels.
This family-friendly event held each year on the last Saturday of August, boasted four routes sure to welcome riders through the picturesque landscapes of Chautauqua Lake and surrounding historic destinations. Riders chose from a 20-Mile Social, 38-Mile Challenge, 40-Mile Fitness, and the 58-Mile Challenge. All routes featured full SAG support and refreshment stops along the way.
The Chautauqua Gran Fondo brought 500 riders to Chautauqua County. Early registration showed that 71% of registered riders came from outside of Chautauqua County. Partnership and support received from our Presenting Sponsor 59 Lucy Lane, and all of our local sponsors, was instrumental in making the Chautauqua Gran Fondo a successful event here in the heart of Chautauqua County.
Congratulations to the CLCSF (Chautauqua Lake Community Sailing Foundation) for winning this years “TEAM Challenge!”
Proceeds will benefit the following local charitable organizations:
THE ROYAL FAMILY KIDS’ CAMP
The Royal Family Kids’ Camp is a one-week summer camp experience for children ages 7-11 who have been abused, abandoned or neglected. Since 1998, the Bemus Point United Methodist Church has sponsored this national program.
CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY VETERAN’S ENDOWMENT FUND
Created to help local Veterans in need, the Veteran’s Endowment Fund helps by providing a loan of up to $500. There is no interest on the loan and no time period for repayment.
WESTERN NEW YORK KIDNEY CONNECTION
The KidneyConnection is a site for potential living kidney donors and people in need on local kidney donation waiting list to communicate.
A FRESH START CREATED IN MEMORY OF ALEX FOULK
A Fresh Start (AFS), a local non-profit committed to making a difference in our community. Bringing awareness and support to those trying to escape addiction.
THE CRÈCHE INC.
Crèche is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization of dedicated and energetic women devoted to providing basic needs of newborns through children 18 years of age residing in the greater Jamestown area.
THE MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION (MHA)
MHA provides a Peer Recovery Support Center to help men, women, and families overcome the effects of mental illness and drug addiction.