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Cycle for Sight: Join Team LightHouse in Napa on April 22!

“She’s game for things that a lot of people aren’t,” says Marc Sutton of his fitness partner Ginger Jui. “She’s willing to go on dirt, she’s willing to go down steep stairs. The more you ride with someone, the more you have that built trust. I feel safe with her, but I feel like it’s not an overcautious safe — it’s just like, alright, let’s go have fun… something exciting is going to happen here. Let’s see what it is.”

Marc and Ginger have been riding tandem together for going on eight years. For Marc, who is blind, riding with Ginger creates a physical outlet that gets him out of his mind and into his body. For Ginger, it’s a pedaling meditation and a chance to catch up and talk about life. Both have gained a lifelong friendship. Get to know their story in the video below.

Every spring, LightHouse rallies a team of blind and sighted cyclists like Marc and Ginger to ride and train together for Napa Rotary’s Cycle for Sight and raise funds for Enchanted Hills Camp. You can ride on your own or join a tandem team for the 15, 25 or 50 mile routes through wine country with more than 2,500 other cyclists.

Start by signing up for Cycle for Sight and select Team LightHouse at signup. Then contact Tony Fletcher at tfletcher@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7319  if you’re interested in being part of a tandem team. Check out the existing members of our team!

If you’re curious about riding tandem but haven’t done it before, don’t fret — we’re offering free trainings in early April, so you can join the event with confidence. Mark your calendars for these upcoming training sessions at Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program (BORP) at 3075 Adeline St #200 in Berkeley. Tandem bikes will be provided onsite, so contact Dagny Brown at dbrown@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7311 to reserve your spot.

April 6 – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

April 13 – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

April 15 – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Members of Team LightHouse get a snazzy biking jersey and the opportunity to help raise vital funds for Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind. All participating cyclists will receive an individual rider profile on our Cycle for Sight page, with a built in donation form. If you’re interested you can crowd fund via your individual rider page after you sign up and answer a few questions about yourself.

Raise $300 or more to receive a free stay the evening before the ride at Enchanted Hills, including meals! We also offer a prize for the person or tandem team who raises the most contributions. All proceeds support Enchanted Hills Camp. We hope you’ll join us!

Visit www.cycle4sight.com for route information, start times and more info.

Enchanted Hills Receives $30,000 Through Cycle for Sight

PHOTO: Cycle for Sight cyclists ride in line down a country road in Napa.

Enchanted Hills Camp will again reap the benefits of funding made possible through Rotary Club of Napa’s Cycle for Sight 2016 Bike Ride. We’re deeply grateful to the Rotary Club of Napa for their award of $30,000, our share of the proceeds raised by the thousands of cyclists who participated in this year’s event.

Lindy Birkholz, Jada Thomas

PHOTO: Lindy Birkholz (left) and Jada Thomas, who rode tandem for Team LightHouse this year.

Mark Smethers

PHOTO: Team LightHouse’s Mark Smethers raises his arm in triumph as he crosses the finish line.

We also want to thank our wonderful individual fundraisers for bringing in an additional $3,800 in donations. Very special thanks go to Margie Donovan, Olivia Merz, Jacob Obeso, Mandy and Maycie Vorreiter.

Enchanted Hills Camp Director Tony Fletcher said, “Organizing Cycle for Sight is a year-round endeavor for Napa Rotary. I cannot thank them enough. Their commitment and continuous support of Enchanted Hills Camp is truly humbling.”

Save the Date! Cycle for Sight 2017 is scheduled for Saturday, April 22, 2017. We’d love to see you there.

Join the Most Spirited and Beautiful Bike Ride this Spring

Part of last year’s Team LightHouse, in black or neon-green team t-shirts, pose after the ride.Last Chance to Sign Up for Cycle for Sight, our annual cycling fundraiser to support Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind

Ride with Us: Join Team LightHouse

Ride solo or on a tandem.  Ride 15, 25, or 50 miles.  Ride as a beginner or a pro! All are welcome to join Team LightHouse for a fun day of cycling and fundraising. Together we will support the programs of Enchanted Hills Camp.

What: Enjoy the beauty of Napa and the challenge of a 15, 25 or 50 mile bike ride with 2,000 other cyclists. Then finish up with great music, wine, food and partying.

When: Saturday, April 16

Where: The ride starts and finishes at Justin Siena High School, 4026 Maher Street, Napa, CA 94558, where the Wine and Music Festival will be in full swing! During the festival enjoy wine tasting from Napa Valley wineries, beer tasting from local microbreweries and local cuisine from Napa Valley restaurants, all while listening and dancing to the sounds of “Pride and Joy”.

How: Go to www.cycle4sight.com for route information, start times and to register. Be sure to write in “Team LightHouse” when you sign up.

Ride for Us: Raise Funds for Camp
By asking friends, neighbors, coworkers and family to support their ride, team members have been raising vital funds for Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind. Members who raise $300 or more receive a free stay the evening before the ride at Enchanted Hills including meals. There’s also a prize for the person who raises the most contributions. Here is a letter for you to personalize and begin fundraising for Enchanted Hills Camp now.  Check in with us at the LightHouse booth for your team t-shirt, raffle tickets and good cheer!

Can’t Ride with Us? You can still Support the Team
Show your support to an individual rider or the whole Team. Go to www.lighthouse-sf.org/donate and choose Cycle for Sight as your designation. Thank you for supporting Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind.

Start your Spring With our Most Beautiful Bicycling Fundraiser Ever!

Cycle for Sight riders on a tandem bicycleCycle for Sight, our annual cycling fundraiser to support Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind, is next month

Ride with Us: Join Team LightHouse
The team is forming right now and excited to ride. Among those enlisted are Margie Donovan, Mike May, Mark Smethers, James Clearey and Chris Downey, to name a few ride veterans.

You don’t have to ride together, but together you’ll support the programs of Enchanted Hills Camp. So be sure to write in “Team LightHouse’ when you register online and Enchanted Hills will get all the credit.

What:  Enjoy the beauty of Napa and the challenge of a 15, 25 or 50 mile bike ride with 2,000 other cyclists.
When: Saturday, April 16
Where: The ride starts and finishes at Justin Siena High School, 4026 Maher Street, Napa, CA 94558, where the Wine and Music Festival will be in full swing! During the festival enjoy wine tasting from Napa Valley wineries, beer tasting from local microbreweries and local cuisine from Napa Valley restaurants, all while listening and dancing to the sounds of “Pride and Joy”.
How: Go to www.cycle4sight.com for route information, start times and to register.

Ride independently or on a tandem
Enchanted Hills Camp Director Tony Fletcher is helping pair pilots and stokers. Contact him at tfletcher@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7319.

Ride for Us: Raise Funds for Camp
Team members will raise vital funds for Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind…and get a snazzy t-shirt! Ask your friends, neighbors and family if they will help support our efforts by sponsoring you in the ride. Raise $300 or more and receive a free stay the evening before the ride at Enchanted Hills including meals. There’s also a prize for the person who raises the most contributions. Here is a letter for you to personalize and begin fundraising for Enchanted Hills Camp now.

Can’t Ride with Us? You can still Support the Team
Show your support to an individual rider or the whole Team. Go to www.lighthouse-sf.org/donate and choose Cycle for Sight as your designation. Thank you for supporting Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind.

Registration Now Open for the Biggest, Best Bicycle Ride of 2016

Cycle for Sight riders on a tandem bicycleRegistration is now open for the Napa Rotary’s Cycle for Sight 2016 ride which will be held on Saturday, April 16.

Cycle for Sight boasts more than 2,000 riders and provides the single biggest fundraiser for Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind. Don’t be left out. Come join the largest and most fun group of tandem riders in Northern California to have some fun, get some exercise and support EHC’s life-changing programs. Sign up at www.cycle4sight.com to ride as a cyclist for Team LightHouse and enjoy the beauty of scenic Napa and the challenge of a 15, 25 or 50 mile route with 2,000 other cyclists.

Raise pledges for every mile you ride through the Cycle for Sight website or donate directly to support Enchanted Hills.

Be sure to designate “Team LightHouse” when you register.

During the festival enjoy wine tasting from Napa Valley wineries, beer tasting from local microbreweries and local cuisine from Napa Valley restaurants, all while listening and dancing to the timeless pop/soul of “Pride and Joy”.

Interested in piloting a tandem bike for a blind stoker? Or, are you a blind stoker in need of a pilot? Contact Tony Fletcher via email at afletcher@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7319 to join Team LightHouse today.

Cycle for Sight Brings in $32,000/First Deaf-Blind Cycle for Sight Team

We did it again! We’re proud to have another Cycle for Sight Fundraiser under our belts and we’re deeply grateful to the Rotary Club of Napa for their award of $32,000, our share of the proceeds raised by 2,000 cyclists for the Cycle for Sight 2015 event, and to everyone who contributed to make this award possible.

Rotary Club of Napa members present a giant-sized check for $32,000 to Enchanted Hills staff. Left to right, Dale Carriker, Gary Rose, Camp Construction Manager George Wurtzel, Camp Director Tony Fletcher and Tim CooneyWe are thankful for the hard work of those who raised funds through the pledgereg.com website as well as our individual supporters who raised almost $5,000 in direct donations to support Camp: Tino Benelli, Margie Donovan, Tony Fletcher, Gena Harper, Sean McGee and Prindle Vaux.

Our thanks and congratulations to all the riders and fundraisers!

 

Deaf-Blind Cyclists Ride in Cycle for SightOur first-ever Deaf-Blind Cyclist Group Rode in this year’s Cycle for Sight 2015

This year, for the first time, an organized group of three deaf-blind cyclists and two volunteer SSPs (Support Service Providers) participated as part of Team LightHouse in Cycle of Sight on April 18. Some rode 25 miles, others did the 15 mile run. With the support of the SSPs, all of the cyclists were able to complete their ride. Next year will see more deaf-blind riders and volunteer SSPs. The Northern California Association of the Deaf-Blind will meet monthly to practice riding tandem bikes.

Save the Date!
We’ve just gotten word from the Napa Rotary Club that Cycle for Sight 2016 will be held on Saturday, April 16. Don’t forget to mark your calendars.

Get Moving as a LightHouse Fitness Partner

Were you there last month for the fun and camaraderie that took place at Napa’s Cycle for Sight? It was a gorgeous day for a ride and the event was a huge success in part because of the wonderful volunteers who piloted tandem bikes with our blind participants.

This is the third time Jerry Edwards has ridden tandem in Cycle for Sight. He said, “My riding partners have active, joyful lives, and it’s a privilege to ride with them. I’ve learned so much through our cycling conversations…”

Ready to ride? It’s not too late to meet your health goals for 2015 – you can get in on the action and get moving right now. The weather’s perfect and summer is all about being active and outdoors. Get a leg up by piloting a tandem bike with an enthusiastic LightHouse student today.

Riding on a tandem with a blind partner is only one of the many activity related volunteer opportunities you’ll find through our Fitness Partner program. Working with a LightHouse Fitness Partner could help you be your healthiest self yet. Our volunteers bring with them a wide range of experiences and will work with you to get and keep you moving.

If you’re ready to become a tandem pilot champion, or if you’re interested in the myriad other activity-related volunteer opportunities, contact Justine Harris-Richburgh, Volunteer Engagement Specialist, at 1altruism@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7366.

Cycle for Sight 2015: A Fundraiser on Wheels

Anthony Dalli, Jimmy Cong and Andy Rodriquez stand in front of the Enchanted Hills Camp banner. Jimmy is in the center playing gum gum style on the guitarWith sunny skies, mild temperatures and the largest number of blind riders on tandems, last month’s Cycle for Sight was a blast. What a great group of people – full of energy and vitality. It was wonderful to see all of the tandem riders and captains out on the road.

More than 2,500 people participated in this year’s event, a huge number for any Northern California ride. The Napa Rotary Club was aiming to have revenues exceed $250,000 for this event, which demonstrates how much effort went into it.

Heartfelt thanks go to: Our volunteers from Google and AmeriCorps for making the EHC water station an oasis, Jimmy Cong for playing his beautiful guitar tunes at the main rest stop, LightHouse Board member Gena Harper and camper Xianna Rodriguez for speaking with passion and eloquence from the stage, all of the riders who raised sponsorships to support Enchanted Hills and to Tony Fletcher for leading the team on a safe and fun adventure. Thank you to BORP (Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program) and Napa Valley Bike tours for lending tandem bikes to our fleet. And we truly appreciated the Silver Sponsorship of Sports Basement and donations of vittles from KIND Bars.

Most of all, thank you to the Napa Rotary Club for coordinating this fine event, making it possible for kids who are blind to have a transformative camp experience at Enchanted Hills.

Cycle for Sight 2016 will be on Saturday, April 16th. Don’t miss it!

Team LightHouse members (left to right) Elysia Arriola, Alexia Arriola, Maycie Vorrieter

A large group of Team LightHouse members gather in front of the LightHouse table at the festival

It’s This Saturday – Still a Chance to Ride in Cycle for Sight

At Cycle for Sight 2014, Team LightHouse member Kate Williams raises her arm in greeting as she and her captain enjoy the speed of a tandemOnline registration is about to close but don’t despair – you can still register for Cycle for Sight in person and ride with Team LightHouse.

Same day registration will be available onsite Saturday morning beginning at 7:00 a.m. and closing at 10:00 a.m. Festival tickets can be purchased at registration tables and at the festival entry opening at 11:00 a.m. Join 2,000 cyclists and get fit while supporting Enchanted Hills!

The ride starts and finishes at Justin Siena High School, 4026 Maher Street – Napa, CA 94558, where the Cycle for Sight Wine and Music Festival will take place.

If you have questions, contact Tony Fletcher via email at afletcher@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7319.

Get details on the race here.

Cycle for Sight Spotlight – Gena Harper

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Please support Gena Harper in this year’s Cycle for Sight by sponsoring her ride.

We are thrilled to have LightHouse Board member and 2011 U.S. National Para-cycling Team member Gena Harper riding again in Cycle for Sight.

Gena is no stranger to triumph in the face of challenge. She was born with limited vision but this did not stop her from becoming Senior Vice President-Wealth Management, and Senior Investment Management Consultant at Morgan Stanley and one of the few blind people in the U. S. investment industry to win a bronze medal in the National Handicapped Ski Championships.

With her strong commitment to volunteerism and philanthropy, Gena is also a champion for Enchanted Hills Camp. She met her husband Mike May at Enchanted Hills Camp, and they married last year under the redwoods at Enchanted Hills Chapel. She got her cycling start as a tandem rider at Cycle for Sight four years ago. This year she will ride the 25 mile route with her son.

Her words of wisdom to blind cyclists? “Just do it. Get a partner and make it happen. There’s always a way. Work hard and be creative!”

Go Gena! Come out to Cycle for Sight in Napa and watch Gena fly by to her next challenge. Support her in this year’s Cycle for Sight by sponsoring her ride. Simply go to our donation page and select Cycle for Sight as your giving designation. You’ll want to put Gena’s name in the “I want my donation to be dedicated:” field.