CRW has the best members! Let me explain.
With the way things are going, we had no choice but to cancel the May 30th Climb to the Clouds (CTTC) event. I’m sure many of you were disappointed. Climb to the Clouds is one of our most popular rides and we were well on our way to selling out. By early March, nearly 500 riders had registered. With less than two months to go, we still didn’t see any signs that social distancing restrictions would be lifting. Refunding the century registration fees was the logical next step. As many of you know, CRW uses the proceeds from our Century events to help fund our Grants Program, supporting worthwhile local bicycle advocacy and charitable organizations. Hoping that we might get a few takers, we asked if any of the CTTC registrants would be willing to donate their fee to CRW, which is itself a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We expected a handful of people would be willing to do that.
I was totally astounded by our members’ incredible generosity. 269 registrants (57% of paid registrations) donated their century fee for a total of over $7,000. Wow! I admit to being flabbergasted. And, we received numerous wonderful emails from you as well. Here’s one example:
“Thank you very much for your kind email. Please know that I will complete the form and donate the fee to such a wonderful cause. I love CRW. Thank you and everyone for your stewardship."
Now, for the other side of the coin. In April, the CRW Board approved three grants of $5,000 each to MassBike, the Boston Cyclist Union and Bikes Not Bombs. The pandemic is presenting significant fundraising challenges to these organizations so our support is even more important. We’ll be telling you more about each of these grants and the specific activities that they support in future issues of WheelPeople. My thanks to the CRW Grant Committee (Steve Carlson, Amy Wilson, Andy Brand and Ellen Gugel) for shepherding these grants through our vetting process.
Our members' support makes all the difference!
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