The Rotary Club of Sacramento raised over $100,000 for the Sacramento Children’s Home Crisis Nursery Program with its annual Sacramento Century Challenge cycling event.
The event, held on October 6, 2018, featured four rides—from 16 miles to 100. Over 1,000 riders participated. The routes took riders from the Capitol Mall in the center of downtown Sacramento, across the Sacramento River and south toward Isleton. Afterward, riders were treated to a festival of music, drinks, and food trucks.
Additionally, riders had the option of registering as Challenge Champions, responsible for additional fundraising.
The funds raised were a combination of rider registrations, Challenge Champion fundraising, sponsor support, and Rotary member donations.
“We were honored to be a beneficiary of the Sacramento Century Challenge this year,” said Todd Koolakian, Director of Philanthropy for the Sacramento Children’s Home. “This event was a huge success and we were blown away by the generosity of the participants, sponsors and the members of the Rotary Club of Sacramento. Their tremendous support will go a long way in helping the Sacramento Children’s Home serve some of the most vulnerable children and families in our community through our Crisis Nursery Program.”
Heather Higgins rode in the event and said knowing where the funds raised were going prior to riding helped her with the cycling challenge.
“Knowing the funds I raised for the nursery inspired me to push through the hard portions of the ride,” she said. “That they would make a difference to those that need it the most, helping families in need, (that) got me through the finish line.”
All of us at the Sacramento Children’s Home would like to thank not only the riders and sponsors but especially the members of the Rotary Club of Sacramento for thinking of us and putting in the work and effort for an amazing and successful event.