Red-Bell 100 Supporters Show How It’s Done
At World Bicycle Relief, we’re always amazed at the vast array of creative fundraising ideas flowing out of our equally diverse supporters. From personally contacting family and friends to hosting large events for anyone and everyone, WBR’s supporters raise thousands of dollars for the Power of Bicycles through their varied efforts. As the Red-Bell 100 approaches, we want to highlight those efforts by two Red-Bell cyclists and longtime WBR supporters....
Beer, BBQ, and...Poker?
On June 1, Jack Seifert hosted the first of two incredible events that he’ll put on to raise funds for his Red-Bell 100 ride. The “Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament Fundraiser” featured Texas style smoked BBQ ribs and chicken along with Jack’s very own homemade beer while 25 participants played poker, all to get more kids on two wheels! The grand prize was a $250 gift card to Canlis restaurant (who also contributed matching funds).
But this was no amateur poker night--the tournament’s director was a professional poker player and the dealers were all experienced pros. This made the event feel special to all participants, and worthy of its cause.
As Jack prepares for his second event this month, which he also hosted this time last year, he’s excited about the successful poker night, which raised $1,138. Summed up in “good beer, good food, good poker, good cause”, the event had something for everyone, as will the “Beer, BBQ and Auction” event on June 23.
For Jack, these events are all about supporting effective philanthropy and social change--which he believes WBR is implementing every day. And as he rides the Red-Bell 100 on a WBR Buffalo Bike, he’ll be reminded of that change every turn of the pedal.
The Power of Persistence
While Jack has been planning big events and rallying Poker players, Teri Smith has another equally effective fundraising style as she’s prepared for her return to the Red-Bell 100. A slew of personal emails to friends and family has brought in $1,800 as of today, surpassing her original goal of $1,500--her employer's match will boost that amount, too!
“Working at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the last 12 years has taught me the importance of giving back. Participating in [the Red-Bell 100] is one way I’m committed to doing my part. I’m a very driven person and I take seriously those things that I enjoy (cycling!). Matching this event and cause with my passion for riding couldn’t be a better combination.”
Teri’s best tip for other fundraisers is simply persistence. Once she started emailing friends and family requesting support for her ride, she didn’t stop until she heard from them. Taking full advantage of the information on the Red Bell 100 website--showing who has donated or on the other hand, who has not even looked at the link--Teri persisted with those who she hadn’t yet heard from, resulting in an incredible response. Her tenacity has not only helped her surpass her goal, but has shared the Power of Bicycles with new circles of friends and family.
Now as the final dollars roll in, Teri is making her final preparations for the 100+ mile ride across Washington State knowing that she’s supported by friends and family near and far.