VeloFest Annual Fundraising

$26,985 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 152 people in 41 months
Heather Neville
on behalf of Velo Fest Community Initiative Inc
VeloFest Community Initiative  was founded in 2011 after a fellow rider, Bryan B. Wrigley , was killed in a still unsolved hit & run. In order that his death would not be in vain, the VeloFest movement was ignited and has now grown into partnerships with many groups in the area, including the City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, St. Johns County, St. Johns County Libraries, and the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office. Through these partnerships we have completed many projects, including the St. Johns County Bike Route Map , the "Bikes & Books" Bike Rodeo, "Biking the Byway-PSA Series on Cycling Safety" , development of the bicycle valet, and so much more. All of this was done with the generous donations of local people and businesses, and with 100% veloteer time!

This movement of #veloteers has now reached a new level of importance to our community. It is well known that the State of Florida has a very great need for improvement of our streets and roads, twice the need of any other state! Since the death of Bryan Wrigley, more than 600 vehicle/bicycle collisions have occurred, with over 14 hit and runs still unsolved, and over 25 dead in St. Johns County alone. Our phone messages and emails are filled with stories of children left injured or dead on the side of the road, unidentified John Doe riders in a hospital or morgue, and mothers and fathers gone too soon. VeloFest has a role to play, and we need your help.

As the organization and its events continue to grow, so do our financial needs. We have set a huge goal, $100,000, and we need you! VeloFest was started with small financial gifts from concerned citizens at a meeting in 2011. We lovingly call them the Original Givers (OG's. ). Even now, no amount is too small; every contribution is welcome.

- The "Don't Be a Salmon" education campaign with the St. Johns County Sheriff Office.

- The new PSA series, "Bike Ninja," a four-part series addressing the major concerns we all share for cyclists safety, including lights at night, distracted driving, and "going with the flow".

- The expansion of the "Bikes & Books" Bicycle Rodeo. Our goal is to fit a helmet on every child in St. Johns County by 2020.

- Safety lights and shirts for our partners in the struggle against homelessness.

- Definition and development of the very successful ADA compliant Pedicab service provided at Celebrate 450!

- Maintaining VeloFest as a continued presence at the FDOT Community Traffic Safety Team meetings and other requested meetings with area leaders, including local municipality requests.

- Maintaining "Bike St. Augustine", the free community resource to get everyone cycling!

- Purchasing much needed technology for the VeloFest office, as well as to staff new positions.

In addition to our great programs and projects, VeloFest also provides two special events every year (the Wrigley Ride and the #LetsGetPedestrian Corporate 5k ), as well as our bicycle valet service, provided at many local events free of charge for other local nonprofits. We know we have something good here for the community, and we have no plans of stopping!

We must meet this goal in order to continue being the authority on bicycle safety and programming. This would mean the world to us, a dedicated group of veloteers moving this organization into a more formal role. But this means even more to our entire community. We have reached so many different groups, rich and poor, young and old, local and visitor, and the need is growing.

We are often asked, "How can I help?" Well, now we have made it easy. You can donate directly through this GoFundMe account. You can sign up for Wrigley Ride and create a charity account and start raising funds with your family and friends. Or you can call for an appointment, as we have sponsorship opportunities available starting at $100.

For a $20 donation, you will receive a sticker pack of our favorite programs and a VeloFest Annual Membership.

For an individual $100 donation, you will also receive a beautiful VeloFest "Bike St. Augustine" Lion T-shirt.

For $150 you will also receive a "Monkey Mirror."

Thank you so much for your contribution! We look forward to your support. And remember, get creative! "Like" us at VeloFest on Facebook , and "Join the Movement."

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What a fabulous spring we are having here in St. Augustine! VeloFest has been zooming along and so have our fundraising efforts. With the St. Johns County Bicycle Route Map and summer helmet fittings coming up, we need your support! While the deadline did pass for bike route maps, so many have called so we are extending this through April even though design has already begun! So please make sure you get with Heather or Mieke and get set up! We are updating our efforts to reflect all recent donations so watch that meter rise up the hors categorie climb!
Here are some cute baby legs cycling!
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WOOHOO! Hard to believe Wrigley Ride is only a month away, which means our #100k100days campaign only has one month to go! Our business partners donations are starting to come in and we are looking for more! If you know of or are a business looking to get involved, please email today. You could be featured on VeloFest, Wrigley Ride, #LetsGetPedestrian, #LightUptheBikes, Bikes & Books Bicycle Rodeo, Velo Valet services and many other programs through out the year.
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It's #GivingTuesday. Just this week, thanks to Michelle a #Veloteer & community partner, we were able to give the gift of transportation to a new adult just out of the foster care system. Thank you to A1A Cycle Works for lights and locks. We also gave him a helmet and safety vest. It takes a village and we can not do it without you! Please consider a donation and help us reach #100k100days!
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The donations from our community are amazing! Thank you to the Daytona Beach Bicycle Club for considering VeloFest as somewhere to donate the late "Berney" Copeland's Memorial Funds. A special request was to use this money for 100 children's helmets. #100k100days There is also another gift to our community from this fund which will be announced soon. We could not do these projects without you.
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$26,985 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 152 people in 41 months
Created November 9, 2015
Heather Neville
on behalf of Velo Fest Community Initiative Inc
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Earl Ward
36 months ago

In loving honor and memory of Ja Hooker. Rest in peace dear friend.

Sarah Kuberry
36 months ago

In memory of Ja Hooker

Susan Foody
36 months ago

In memory of Ja.

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