Dallas, Texas (PressExposure) November 17, 2011 -- The eleventh Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS (LSRFA) raised $125,000 for beneficiaries AIDS Outreach Center of Tarrant County, AIDS Services of Dallas and Resource Center Dallas (AOC, ASD & RCD). LSRFA cyclists rode 150 miles through Dallas and Fort Worth on September 24 and 25, raising money and awareness of the needs of North Texans impacted by HIV/AIDS.
"Our riders trained hard during a record breaking hot summer and our crew volunteers worked tirelessly to support and keep them safe as they cycled our new route that took them through Dallas and Fort Worth," said John Tripp, LSRFA event co-chair. "As a result of the fundraising efforts of our riders and crew, LSRFA is able to make a substantial contribution to AOC, ASD and RCD. The minimum fundraising goal for riders is $500, although the average LSRFA rider raises much more. Thanks to these efforts, LSRFA has now raised $2 million since 2001 for our three beneficiary agencies."
Funds raised by LSRFA are used for a variety of essential services for North Texans with HIV/AIDS, including meals, housing, education and outreach, food pantries, dental care, HIV testing, case management, transportation, counseling and other basic needs for more than 20,000 clients with HIV/AIDS in North Texas. A $10 donation to LSRFA provides four nutritious meals to clients of AOC. With a $25 donation, ASD provides case management to assess the psycho-social services needed by a resident. A contribution of $100 provides a client with two months of groceries through RCD's Food Pantry.
"With more and more decreases in government funding and more selective applications from private foundations, we rely on community fund raising events like LSRFA to make up the difference. We are proud to be associated with LSRFA," said Allan Gould, executive director of AIDS Outreach Center of Tarrant County.
"Resource Center Dallas has been at the forefront of the fight against HIV/AIDS since 1983, and we couldn't do it without the generous support of our community partners. The Center is proud to be a beneficiary of LSRFA," said Cece Cox, executive director and CEO, RCD.
"With the generous support LSRFA, we are able to help the men, women and children living at ASD not only to meet their essential daily needs, but to look toward a brighter and healthier future. Thank you for your champion fundraising efforts. We know it is not easy, but your work makes a huge impact on the lives of many people," said Don Maison, President and CEO, ASD.
"We look forward to the twelfth LSRFA on September 29 and 30, 2012 and continuing to raise crucial funds for our beneficiaries," said Danny Simpson, LSRFA event co-chair. "I am proud to announce that David Hodge will join me as co-chair for the 2012 ride. This year, David served as captain of our Positive Pedalers cycling team, a team of riders living with HIV/AIDS committed to building a supportive and inclusive community through participation in bicycle-related activities."
LSRFA is a fully supported bicycle ride featuring entertaining pit stops providing snacks, beverages, bike-tech assistance and even massage every 10 to 15 miles. Route crews sustain riders on the route ensuring their successful participation in the ride.