THOUSANDS GATHER AT CYCLISTS 4 JAMESTOWN. OVER $100,000 COLLECTED FOR FLOOD RELIEF

Boulder, CO – October 21, 2013 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Crowds begin to gather at the event late in the morning

Cyclists 4 Jamestown, a fundraising event that took place on Saturday October 19th at the Bagi Mechanical Office Park north of Boulder announced today that the proceeds from its activities have exceeded $100,000.  The event, which was put together by a group of volunteers in the local cycling community in just three weeks, brought together cyclists, the business community, and residents of Jamestown in a “ride to” festival of fun, food, and music.  Donations are continuing to be accepted at http://www.c4jtown.org.

Jeff Brown (Boulder Beer)  -Boulder Beer and Avery Brewing donated multiple kegs of their fine beer.

The event featured a pro racer-led fun ride, a reunion of Coors Classic veterans that included Andy Hampsten, winner of the 1988 Giro D’Italia, a demonstration of mountain bike stunts, silent and live auctions, and four live bands.  Several thousand people visited throughout the day, some of whom cycled by in the morning and returned later for the music and live auction.

The band Honey Tree Whiskey got the crowd going.

 “This idea started with the thought of just setting up a spot on the side of the road to collect money to help the people of Jamestown,” remarked Russell Chandler, co-chair of the event.  “We had no idea three weeks ago that it would turn into such a festival of community support between the cyclists and the Jamestown residents.”

Jonathan Bartsch, a Jamestown resident and Coordinator of the Rebuild Jamestown Fund added, “The people of Jamestown and the cycling community have always supported each other, even though there has sometimes been tension.  This event offered both groups a chance to really get to know one another, and develop a deeper bond.”

The highlight of the event was an emotional introduction of Jamestown mayor Tara Shoedinger and Jamestown Mercantile (aka, the “Merc”) owner Rainbow Shultz, who thanked the cyclists and other supporters who came together in support of rebuilding Jamestown.  Mayor Shoedinger, Ms. Shultz, and many of the residents of Jamestown visited the Cyclists 4 Jamestown event following a memorial that was held for long time Jamestown resident and previous Merc owner, Joey Howlett, held earlier in the day at the Greenbriar Inn. 

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Jamestown mayor Tara Shoedinger

Mr. Howlett was killed during the flood when the hillside above his home gave way.  Ms. Shoedinger remarked that Joey, who was considered the patriarch of the town was the first person to welcome cyclists to town, filling water jugs every morning until the day he died.  Ms. Shultz thanked the group for their continued support while she and her husband work to re-open the Merc. The event concluded with a live auction and a special “paddle raiser” which raised more than $5,000 in funds to help re-open the Merc.

One of the largest donations for the Merc came from a woman cyclist who, intimidated by the climb, has never ridden to Jamestown and, in fact, has never visited the Merc. The donor was touched by Tara and Rainbow’s stories and didn’t want to see the owners (and Jamestown) lose the restaurant. She donated $1000.  Rainbow hugged her afterwards and offered a free breakfast as soon as they could open.  Mayor Shoedinger told her, “If I can ride my bike to Jamestown, so can you.”

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Merc owner Rainbow Shultz

One couple from Boulder remarked they had received money from FEMA, but that it was far less than their damages. They felt that Jamestown needed the FEMA proceeds more than they did, so they donated $1,000.

Earlier in the week, a young girl found a $50 bill in a restaurant. Unable to find the owner, she told her dad that she wanted tocontribute it to a worthy cause.  She brought it to the event and stuck it into the donation box with her proud father looking on.

Many businesses and local cycling teams and clubs put together hefty donations through matching, including the GS Boulder Cycling Team, which handed over a check for $3,500 at the event.

Roy Burger, president of the Boulder Cycling Club, a co-producer of the event, commented,  “Countless people came up the driveway and wrote sizable checks wanting nothing in return.  We couldn’t give them a commemorative T-shirt, hat, beer, or food or steer them to auction items.  They simply wanted to help.  Our volunteer flaggers on the highway were given cash by passing motorists all day long. They weren’t cyclists, but appreciated the event and just wanted to help. “

About Cyclists 4 Jamestown.  Cyclists 4 Jamestown is an informal organization of volunteers representing the cycling community based in the Front Range of Colorado.  Its co-chairs, Rob Andrew and Russ Chandler, are the organizers of the Wednesday Morning Velo http://www.wednesdayvelo.com/, a weekly business networking bike ride that leaves from North Boulder from May through September, often traveling to Jamestown.   The Cyclists 4 Jamestown Event was put on in cooperation with the Boulder Cycling Club http://bouldercyclingclub.org/, and more than 50 volunteers from the Boulder cycling community.  All donations and other proceeds to the Cyclists 4 Jamestown Fund are tax deductible and are transferred to the Rebuild Jamestown Fund, administered by the Community Foundation of Boulder County http://www.commfound.org/, a 501 (c)(3) organization.

 

C4JTown Next Door Fundraiser Dinner

What:  Cyclists 4 Jamestown Fundraiser Dinner during Cyclocross Nationals.  A portion of dinner sales and all proceeds from beer sales will go the Greater Jamestown Community Fund.

When: Saturday January 11th, 2014 from 4pm to 10pm.

Where: The Kitchen Next Door – 1035 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302

Why: To raise additional funds for the aiding people that have been displaced from their homes in Jamestown and lower Lefthand Canyon.  All net proceeds of event and prize drawing will go to the Cyclists 4 Jamestown / Greater Jamestown Community Fund.tripel beer jtown next doorBoulder Beer

Monday November 4th – Cyclists 4 Jamestown Fundraiser at Hapa Sushi

Come out and enjoy the fine Asian cuisine of Hapa Sushi between 5:30 and 10 pm on Monday November 4th and support the Cyclists 4 Jamestown / Rebuild Jamestown effort! 50% of all sales during the evening will be donated to help rebuild Jamestown!

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What:                 Cyclists 4 Jamestown Fundraiser Evening
Where:               Hapa Sushi, 1117 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302
When:                All evening (5:30 PM to 10 PM)
Reservations:   Call (303) 473-4730 or go to http://wwww.hapasushi.com for a reservation.  Walkups always welcome.

Photos and Videos

Photos from 10-19-13

Rainbow from the Merc Speaks to the Crowd

Help Needed in Jamestown on Sunday October 20th

JAMESTOWN CLEANUP SUNDAY OCTOBER  20, 2013

Interested in donating sweat for C4JTown?  Sign up on Saturday to spend a beautiful autumn Sunday in the town you wish you could ride to right now, but cant!

Meeting time is 9:00 am at the Justice Center on 6th and Canyon.  Carpool from there.  Expect to be back in Boulder by 5.  Lunch will be served.    The Southern Baptist volunteers are working daily to clean up and repair Jamestown.   They will direct you to what is most needed. Your help is welcome and appreciated.  Come to the Cyclists 4 Jamestown event on Saturday October 19th and sign up at the Jamestown tent.

LIMITED TO 20 VOLUNTEERS, SO YOU MUST SIGN UP OR MAY BE TURNED AWAY.  LIMITED PARKING AVAILABLE.  SIGN UP AT THE EVENT.

 

 

Seniors on Bikes Pacer Ride to Cyclists 4 Jamestown Event

This is a ride in support of rebuilding Jamestown, not actually a ride to Jamestown, of course.  We’ll meet at the location of the all-day Cyclists 4 Jamestown Event.

Some suggestions: wear your SOB jersey, make a donation (maybe donate your age?  $100 gets your name on their sponsor list, but any amount helps), perhaps donate by check and note Seniors on Bikes in the comment area.  Come early for coffee and donuts.  Stay after the ride to peruse the items for sale, meet pro racers, participate in the raffle, listen to live music and have a libation.

When: Saturday October 19th. 10 am
Where: Beech Aircraft building upper parking lot above the McGuckin’s Warehouse out on 36, on the west side 1/4 mile south of Neva Road.
Route: Neva, Niwot, 95th, Oxford, 115th, County Line, Kenosha, Lookout, 63rd, Neva – 32 mi according to google maps

Let’s turn out in force and show the good side of cyclists!

BB barbara.bennett@yahoo.com

Venus de Miles Full Cycle Ride to C4Jtown

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Join the Venus de Miles Bike Club for a co-ed, all level ride to the Cyclists 4 Jamestown fund raiser Party this Saturday! Meet at Full Cycle on the corner of Pearl and 18th at 10:30 AM ready to roll out at 10:45. We will plan a 30 mile ride ending at the event. Be ready for some super fun stuff! Live music, food, drinks, silent and live auction!

C4JTown Ride Organized by Boulder Cycle Sport

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Boulder Cycle Sport would like to invite you on a group ride leaving our North location at 10:30am Saturday October 19th. The ride will end at the Cyclist for Jamestown fundraiser, located at the Beech Aircraft building by the McGuckins Warehouse, out on hwy 36 & Neva Road. This is a one day event where you can come and meet leaders of our cycling community including some pro road and mountain bike racers, make a donation forJamestown, and also buy some cool stuff in the silent auction. There will be food, coffee, and beer. Probably music, too! –
The ride will be an approximately 40 mile route out through Hygiene, to Rabbit Mountain, and ending at the event. We invite ALL our fellow cyclist, of ANY ability, to join us. The weather is supposed to be in the high 50’s and sunny on Saturday, so please dress appropriately.