Kelly Brush ride raises $275,000 for SCI research and prevention

first_imgThe 5th annual Kelly Brush Century Ride drew 675 riders and raised $275,000 for spinal cord injury prevention and research on Saturday.The ride, which began and ended at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, included 23 participants using hand cycles. The day was postcard perfect with clear blue skies and temperatures in the 70s. “We are absolutely thrilled to see such strong support for the foundation and our mission,” said Charlie Brush, Kelly Brush Foundation president. “Our thanks goes to each and every rider whose participation helps the Kelly Brush Foundation make a positive difference in the lives of those with SCI and raises the bar for ski racing safety.”The 100-mile ride raises money for improving ski racing safety, enhancing the quality of life for those with SCI through adaptive sports equipment grants, advancing scientific research on SCI and supporting the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team.The ride continues to grow each year. The number of participants grew by about 175 this year and fundraising increased by about 40 percent.For every $5,000 raised by a team or individual, the foundation donates adaptive sports equipment in the name of the team or individual who raised the money. In addition, funds raised support ski racing safety grants awarded to ski clubs and racing organizations across the country for safety netting to line race courses and safety gear for racers.The Kelly Brush Century Ride was started by the Middlebury College Ski Team as a way to raise money to buy an adaptive mono-ski for team member Kelly Brush, who was paralyzed as the result of a ski racing crash. Brush and her family later founded a non-profit, and the ride was opened to the public. On Saturday’s ride, participants rode distances of 28, 50 or 100 miles, with options for 65 and 85 mile loops.The Kelly Brush Century Ride is made possible thanks to the generosity of participants and sponsors including: VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, Sugarbush Resort, Shearer Audi, Audi of America, KeyBank, Saatchi & Saatchi and Champlain Investment Partners and others.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(link is external)BURLINGTON, Vermont (Sept. 14, 2010)last_img read more

Donations sought for ITYS Career Camps

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana Troopers Youth Services (ITYS) is seeking donations to help continue the Indiana State Police’s Youth Summer Camp Program. The summer camps have been a long tradition of the Indiana State Police; dating back to the first camp program in 1970.Youth attending the ISP Youth Summer Camp programs get a first-hand look at what it takes to be a state trooper. Some activities include SWAT, Bomb Squad, and K-9 team demonstrations, Mock Crime Scene Investigations, as well as Driving, Firearms, and Defensive Tactics simulations. The summer camps are available for youth 5th to 12th grade and are available at multiple locations around the state.The ITYS fundraising goal is $10,000 and you can help us reach that goal with a donation to this Go Fund Me site. Using Go Fund Me gives you peace of mind knowing your donation is going directly to support youth attending ISP summer camps. There’s no phone solicitor to leave you wondering if the call is legitimate or just another phone scam.All funds raised will go toward scholarships for youth attending the camp programs, inclusive of lodging, meals, and nominal administrative costs.Thank you for considering making a donation to the camp programs that have been an important part of the Indiana State Police for nearly five decades. No donation is too small and every donation helps continue the legacy.For more information about career camps click here.last_img read more