In this issue...
President's Introduction | 2014 Volunteer Spotlights (for each of 3 events) | Two more events this Year | Reminder: Ways to Contribute | Thanks from the Board
Grateful to so many, and today, Spotlighting our Volunteers
by Ernie Larger, Board President
The Pedal-with-Pete Foundation (PwP) is well into our annual
fund raising events.
The Kent, Ohio
Ride and Walk was held on June 7 with nice weather and good attendance: and
great food, refreshments, and entertainment.
The Columbus, Ohio Ride and Walk will be this Saturday, August 2 and we expect a great
The Emmetsburg, Iowa Ride is
planned for September 21.
help, PwP expects to raise an all-time high in donations to fund cerebral palsy
research in 2014.
could not do this without the great support and dedication from the many sponsors,
donors, volunteers, and participants.
In this Newsletter, we want to highlight three of the many
Pedal-with-Pete volunteers who are the life blood of PwP in fulfilling its Mission;
raising funds for research to improve
the quality of life for persons with cerebral palsy.
On behalf of the PwP Board of
Directors, I want to thank you all for your ongoing commitment to help us achieve
Pedal-with-Pete, Columbus, Ohio
Youngest Veteran Volunteer Leads PwP, Columbus' Inaugural WALK and Boosts Social Media Presence
by Dave Levy, Another Volunteer Veteran, but not-so-young
Please meet Ben Wibberley, possibly the youngest Pedal-with-Pete volunteer who has had a hand in each of the 13 Columbus events leading up to this year's ride and walk on Saturday, August 2nd.
Ben is the youngest son of Deb and Les Wibberley, who have also been key
contributors to PwP, Columbus since the start and brought him into the event
when he was 12 years old. As the years
came and went, each with another PwP event, Ben grew up, earned a degree in
Mechanical Engineering from Ohio Northern University and has been working for
three years as an automotive brake designer for Nissin Brake, a parts supplier
Asked what he enjoys most about his volunteer role with PwP,
he said gets great pleasure from volunteering, pure and simple, but he is
especially motivated to put on an event for an extremely underappreciated
cause. He enjoys being a part of the PwP
organization and working with such a great group of people.
This year, Ben was a driving force behind the addition of a
walk to the 2014 Pedal-with-Pete lineup of activities, and he stepped forward
to do much of the leg-work, as Ben is the Walk Director. He wanted there to be a more accessible
activity for the CP community than the bike rides could offer. For many, cycling requires specialized,
adaptive equipment. Holding a walk
allows more families impacted by CP to be part of the event. The opportunity to increase the number of the
participants is a nice side effect, but his real interest was to involve the CP
... his real interest (in adding the walk to the Columbus event) was to involve the CP community more.
Ben’s contributions don’t end there – he also manages social
media for the PwP events. He feels that
creating and maintaining the event on Facebook and Twitter is an effective way to get the
word out about the ride and the walk. He
enjoys keeping the sites current.
So, with all his contributions to PwP leading up to and on
the day of the event, on top of having a full time job, wife Erica and Colonel,
a recent canine addition to the family, does Ben ever get to ride his beloved
Cannondale on the PwP route? He said he
has a number of times, but it may not happen this year as he will be overseeing
the inaugural PwP Columbus walk. He’s
hoping he can get out for a ride on one of the shorter routes (18 miles or 32 miles) after the walk
wraps up, but he said he realizes that it just might not happen.
Thanks for all you do, Ben, from everyone who
enjoys PwP and benefits from the funds it raises. Good luck with the exciting new walk, and we
hope you find time for a ride on your bike before the end of the day’s
Pre-register NOW and through this Wednesday, 7/30, midnight for this year's PwP, Columbus ride/walk, or come on the day of the event, 8/2, to register and support CP research!
Pedal-with-Pete, Kent, Ohio
Long-Time Volunteer Helps at Every Level to Work for Pete's Vision of 1 Million Dollars for CP Research!by Peter Zeidner, Founder, PwP; and George Gaiser, Board Member, PwP
lives through its volunteers. The
twenty years of its life in Kent, Ohio have been blessed with many friends and
supporters who have taken up the challenge of annual rides and helping us grow
Pedal-with-Pete, and for all of them are we grateful. Without them, the success that we have
achieved would not have been possible.
The benefit for all of you that read this
article is this: our
exclusively volunteer staff and board leadership means that the proportion of
your contributions that goes toward the funding of our mission—almost 90%--is
better than that of most of the foundations that solicit your help.
It would be right and proper to list the many
volunteers who have helped here in Kent over the years, but it would take an
article much longer than afforded in the
Spokesman and most of you wouldn’t read through such a long list! What we can do is highlight one of our
volunteers as an example of the rest.
We choose for this issue therefore Christine
Hudecek. Chris has been a companion for
Pete these fourteen years, and for all of those years a helper with Pedal-with-Pete, serving for many years
as President of the Board, Board Member, and Spokesman editor.
Chris’ involvement with the Kent Ride and Walk has been
extensive. She co-chaired the effort for five years and prior to that, she
did the job by herself for a few years. Prior to taking on leadership roles,
Chris did whatever was required: securing door prizes, food donations,
corporate and individual solicitations, letters of thanks, stuffing envelopes,
keeping records, all of those things that come along with the effectual
operation of the work. She has done so
cheerfully and without reservation.
Chris did whatever was required...
She has done so cheerfully and without reservation.
Chris is a great role model for what being a volunteer
Many thanks to all who made the June 2nd Kent Ride and Walk so successful! We had a great day with good weather, good attendance (95 people!) and good fund-raising for cerebral palsy research!!!
Pedal-with-Pete, Emmetsburg, Iowa
Dedicated 4-H Leader Helps Youth Plan a PwP Ride and Learn Value of Service... for 15 Years!!!
by Lauri Kaplan, PwP Board Secretary
Naig, County Youth Coordinator with the Iowa State University Extension and
Outreach, first heard about Pedal-with-Pete about 15 years ago.
works with the 4-H County Council – a group of high school kids learning
leadership skills - while planning 4-H events for Palo Alto County in Iowa. While searching for a service project, they
heard from a 4-H family whose son has cerebral palsy (CP). The father of the family spoke to Julie and
the students about the Pedal-with-Pete Foundation, its founder, Pete Zeidner, and the bike ride that began in Kent,
Ohio. When asked if they would consider
doing something to help with CP research, the kids jumped at the chance.
"When asked if they would consider doing something to help with CP research,
the kids jumped at the chance."
to Julie, “The kids thought it sounded like fun, so we started planning an
event for September of 1999.” After
riding through their little town, Emmetsburg, that first year, they decided on
a route with less traffic for their younger riders. That route now begins and ends at the county
fairgrounds, utilizing a highway with less traffic as they encourage riders of
all ages. The 4-H County Council has
helped plan an annual event in Emmetsburg, Iowa ever since.
Julie’s direction, high school kids help plan the ride by approaching area
businesses for donations – they try to have a prize for each rider. Other 4-H council members advertise the ride
in the local newspapers, hang up flyers in “all the little towns in the
county”, and ask local schools to put information about the ride in their
school announcements. In this small
rural county with a population just under 10,000 people, the Iowa Pedal-with-Pete
Ride attracts 20-30 riders each year.
has enjoyed meeting several families over the years whose children have CP and reports
that it is “so inspiring to hear their stories. The dad that came to me in the
beginning has shared that his son is doing well in college, and I now have a
young lady with cerebral palsy who rides her specialized bike every year on the
ride. I have learned so much and have
really enjoyed planning this event with my County Council kids.
"It is my hope that the youth
...will continue to see the value of service projects"
It is my hope that the youth that have planned
this event will continue to see the value of service projects such as this.”
Since 1999, the Palo Alto 4-H County Council
has raised a grand total of $12,203 for Pedal-with-Pete and CP research!
that Julie’s wonderful example of the Iowa ride might inspire other
Pedal-with-Pete supporters to establish new rides in their communities!
The 2014 ride will be on Sunday, September 21, and for more information, contact Julie Naig.
Two More Pedal-with-Pete Events in 2014
Mark your calendars for these events:
Donating to CP Research: Let us count the ways!
by John Manley, Treasurer, Pedal-with-Pete
Reminder: There are many ways to make your kind, generous donation to cerebral palsy research:
Pedal-with-Pete accepts stocks, bonds, cash and other securities as gifts through our Charles Schwab account. If you would like to make a donation through this process, please contact one of the two Board officers noted at the Donate Tab of our website, www.pedal-with-pete.org , and they will forward a Charitable Gift Transfer form to you that will facilitate your donation.
That same web page has a link for donating online with a credit card, and we recently added a feature where you can note who you are donating "in honor of".
The web page also provides our P.O. Box where you can send your donation through a check.
If you ride or walk in one of the three events, (Kent, Columbus or Emmetburg), a portion of your registration dollars support CP research, and you can support the cause even more with your own extra donations when registering , during the event, or later, through securities, credit card or check.
Also, check with your employer to see if they will match your contribution.
Finally, if you own a business or have a connection to a business who would like the publicity associated with sponsorship of one or more of our events, please contact us; this is a great time of year to start planning for 2015!
Thank you for giving help and hope to so many people who are living with cerebral palsy!
Pedal-with-Pete Foundation - Board of Directors
Mimi SinghResearch and Education Chair
Thanks for your support as a donor, sponsor, rider, walker, or volunteer! We hope to have your continued support this summer and beyond!