Chautauqua Gran Fondo

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(L to R): Vince Horrigan, Kim Carlson, Michelle Turner, John Frey, Michael Rauh, Kelly Dill, & Kia Briggs.
(L to R): Vince Horrigan, Kim Carlson, Michelle Turner, John Frey, Michael Rauh,  Kelly Dill, & Kia Briggs.
(L to R): Vince Horrigan, Kim Carlson, Michelle Turner, John Frey, Michael Rauh,
Kelly Dill, & Kia Briggs.

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The 2nd Annual Chautauqua Gran Fondo kicked off on Saturday, August 27th, 2016, at Lakeside Park, in Mayville, NY. This community event provided cyclists, of all skill levels, the opportunity to enjoy this scenic ride around beautiful Lake Chautauqua and its surrounding historic destinations. As riders completed their route, they returned to Webb’s Captains Table and enjoyed a picnic lunch with a fun-filled afternoon of live music.

“The incredible success of the 2nd Annual Gran Fondo bicycle tour is a testament to Chautauqua County’s reputation as a premier regional tourism destination. Special thanks goes to Michelle Turner and Chautauqua County’s outstanding economic development team.” said County Executive Horrigan.
Proceeds from the 2016 Chautauqua Gran Fondo will benefit five local organizations.

The Southwestern Schools Education Foundation (SSEF) enhances educational programs, initiatives and capital projects, which the annual school budget cannot initiate or maintain without private sector funding and charitable giving. The SSEF is independent of Southwestern Central School District Board of Education.

The Mental Health Association (MHA) provides comprehensive and holistic support for participants in existing local treatment programs to discover who they truly are and access their natural gifts. MHA provides a Peer Recovery Support Center to help men, women, and families overcome the effects of mental illness and drug addiction.

Chautauqua County Veteran’s Endowment Fund (CCVEF) helps local Veterans with a no interest, no repayment deadline loan of up to $500 to pay for medications, rent, travel to out of state medical appointments, repair vehicles and more.

Royal Family KIDS is the Nation’s leading network of Camps, Clubs and Mentoring for children of abuse, abandonment and neglect. This charity was chosen by the winners of the 2016 Chautauqua Gran Fondo Corporate Challenge, Team All for the Love of Kids.

The Alex Foulk Memorial Fund, established at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, works to support organizations which provide assistance to individuals dealing with substance abuse. Alex had a passion for helping others during difficult times and encouraging people to push through hard times. Alex’s legacy will continue to help and encourage and change lives forever.