Ride for Rotary set for Sunday
Editor’s Note:This article has been updated to reflect correct start time of race.
The Rotary Club of Historic Brownsville will hold its 11th annual Ride for Rotary on Sunday, a 28-mile trek that ends with lunch at Louie’s Backyard and is the club’s primary fundraiser for the year.
Funds raised during the Ride for Rotary enable the Rotary Club of Historic Brownsville to engage in the community service projects for which Rotarians are so well known, said Sal Garza, the club’s chairman for special projects.
“ This is our only annual fundraiser,” Garza said. “We depend on the funds to do local projects to help out our community. We are a non-profit, so all of the funds we raise go back to the community.”
The cost to participate is $40 per rider, which includes a goody bag and a buffet-style lunch at Louie’s Backyard. Riders under 12 ride free with parental consent. Registration is at Active.com, Bicycle World, 7th & Park Cycling or J.T. Cycling. Packet pickup will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the location registered.
Riders will gather at 7 a.m. Sunday at the Brownsville Events Center, then ride to the Pelican Station area of Port Isabel under police escort. From there they will cross the Queen Isabella Bridge, also under police escort. The causeway will be closed to vehicular traffic as the bicyclists cross, and the ride ends at Louie’s Backyard.
Garza said 300 riders participated last year and the club is hoping for a bigger turnout this year because “the more money we raise the more projects we can do.”
The club’s list of projects includes the annual eye project, which provides free eye exams and eye glasses to low-income kids in the community courtesy of optometrist Dr. Antonio Vasquez of Brownsville, a Rotarian.
On Nov. 1 club members will partner up with Child Protective Services for the 14th annual Heart Gallery, where appetizers are served at the Children’s Museum of Brownsville and pictures are put up of children under CPS care who are up for adoption. The free event is from 6-8 p.m. and is in recognition of November being National Adoption Month, Garza said.
During December the club also does a Christmas party at the Ozanam Center where kids receive a Christmas present and the club provides food.
“ All the money goes back to Brownsville,” Garza said. “People contact us and if we have the money in the budget we help them out.”