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Friday, March 17, 2017

Ride for the Feast Gears Up

Written by  Bill Redmond-Palmer

If you are a community minded bike rider, a behind the scenes kind of volunteer, or just a generous donor, supporting the Ride for the Feast, (RFTF), may be just the opportunity you are looking for. RFTF is a two-day, 140-mile Maryland bike ride from Ocean City to Baltimore set for May 13th and 14th.

The event is the largest annual fundraiser for Moveable Feast, a local non-profit located in Baltimore City that provides nutritious meals and other services at no cost to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses – and the only Maryland non-profit to do so. They provide services in Baltimore, the five surrounding counties, and all of the Eastern Shore.

Through the combination of volunteer efforts and the generous support of sponsors who underwrite the event, 100% of the proceeds raised through RFTF go directly back into the programs and services Moveable Feast provides to their clients, and not to costs associated with the Ride.

Founded 27 years ago, Moveable Feast strives to preserve quality of life for their clients, and last year, they delivered 815,313 meals to 5,060 Marylanders. Not only do they deliver healthy meals to their clients, but they also provide medical transportation, shelter-delivered meals, nutritional counseling, and a culinary training program.

For more info about the ride and how to join in or help out, visit Rideforthefeast.org.

There are currently 222 registered riders including 42 new riders, a total of 21 teams, and 25 volunteers have committed to supporting the event. At this point the event has reached 22% of the fundraising goal, so your support is needed.

RFTF is seeking dedicated volunteers to support all aspects of the event. They need volunteers to help with pit stop support; Support and Gear (SAG) via both car & motorcycle; set-up and clean-up for lunch and dinner; medical professionals to ensure rider safety and provide medical assistance; bike technicians to assist riders; support for training rides; and help with office/administrative tasks prior to the event. For questions about volunteering, contact Angie Elliott, volunteer manager, at 410-327-3420 x31, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Fundraisers Galore for Ride for the Feast

Petal Pushers Bingo – The Petal Pushers team invites you to join them for their third annual Bingo Night fundraiser for the ride on March 18th at 6:30 p.m. at the Church of the Nativity & Holy Comforter (6112 York Road, Baltimore). There will be food, drinks, prizes, and fun for the whole family. Suggested donation: $15.

Give Til It Hurts – On March 19th, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Baltimore Tattoo Museum (1534 Eastern Ave, Baltimore), 100% of each tattoo (selected designs or at artists’ discretion) will be donated to the ride. Tattoo prices will start at $80. Hosted by Bill Monaghan.

Guest Bartending for the Feast: Join Cara Rose and husband, Jack, on March 25th, from 1 to 5 p.m., for their annual guest bartending event at Palmere’s (1018 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore) to raise money for the ride. All tips and raffle proceeds will go to the cause.

Team Bikeage 10% Day at Sticky Rice: Join Team Bikeage on March 26th for their annual 10% day at Sticky Rice (1634 Aliceanna Street, Baltimore) from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sticky Rice will donate ten percent of the day’s sales to benefit the ride. Check out their delicious food and drinks, all for a good cause.

Support and Gear (SAG) Orientation: The SAG Orientation for new and old Support and Gear drivers for the ride, will be on April 1st at Pam & Blu’s House (2 Oak Grove Avenue, Catonsville). Meet the SAG team and talk plans and strategy. They will provide heavy hors d’oevres, snacks, and drinks. There is plenty of street parking nearby.

RFTF Orientation Brunch: Keep an eye out for more information about the upcoming RFTF Orientation Brunch.

To learn more about Moveable Feast, it’s mfeast.org.

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