Los Angeles, CA – April 11, 2013: On Saturday, April 6, 2013, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) hosted the 2nd Annual Palos Verdes Ride for Habitat at the Terranea Resort. The event offered three courses around the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula including an expert 50-mile ride, an intermediate 34-mile ride and an amateur 17-mile ride. Nearly 200 cyclists participated, helping to raise more than $90,000 and still counting, which will help HFH GLA build more decent, sustainable and affordable housing.
The PV Ride for Habitat began last year when HFH GLA board member and Palos Verdes resident, Arnold Ng, had a vision to bring together his passion for Habitat for Humanity and cycling. . Special guests included USA Olympic Silver Medalist, Dotsie Bausch as the Ride Marshall and Emmy award-winning journalist and ABC7 Eyewitness News Health Specialist, Denise Dador, who served as master of ceremonies during the post-ride celebration.
“It took months of planning, hard work and the generosity of many to make this event a reality,” said Erin Rank, president and CEO, HFH GLA. “Arnold Ng had an incredible vision to start this event last year and he led an incredible committee that has worked with passion and commitment. We thank them for their tireless dedication and our incredible sponsors for their generous support.”
Los Angeles continues to be one of the least affordable cities for housing. Thanks to its partners and volunteers, HFH GLA is transforming lives and communities by building decent, sustainable and affordable housing. The board of directors supports this mission by reaching out to the community to raise awareness and the necessary funds to continue this work. The PV Bike Ride Committee who oversaw the planning and execution of this year’s event include: Leslie Chan, Kay Chesnut, Tom Huang, Anne Laguzza, Doug Mew, Arnold Ng, Karin Takusagawa, Leslie Tanouye, Arthur Wong and Greg Woo.
This event raised more than $90,000 to date through participant registrations, individual fundraising, raffles and the generosity of sponsors. HFH GLA would like to acknowledge the following major sponsors of this year’s event: Terranea Resort; Bike Palace; McCormick Ambulance Service; Aqua Hydrate; St. Paul’s Lutheran Church; Vons; Whole Foods; Cathay Bank and Phillips 66.
About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) strives to eliminate substandard housing through advocacy, education and partnership with families and individuals in need to build decent, sustainable and affordable housing. Since 1990, HFH GLA has built and renovated nearly 800 homes locally and worldwide, transforming the lives of hundreds of individuals. HFH GLA is a GuideStar® Valued Partner and has achieved the coveted Charity Navigator 4-Star rating awarded to non-profits for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. For more information, please visit http://www.habitatla.org or call 310-323-4663. Visit our blog at http://buildingagreaterla.blogspot.com.
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Jo-An Turman, Habitat for Humanity GLA
Angela Moore, Starfish PR