The summer ended with fun when the Hospice Fun Cup Ride on Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Richard O. Hartley Park in Lakewood commenced. The Hospice Fun Cup Ride proved to be a success as more than 110 riders participated. There were many ride tours to choose from, ranging from 5, 20, 35 and 50 miles.
The ride was full of adventures as it took its riders through the scenic beauty of Chautauqua County and its surrounding area. Those who participated enjoyed a unique bicycle run to remember a loved one, or just to enjoy beautiful Chautauqua Lake and the encompassing countryside.
A highlight of the ride was when bicyclists could cross over the lake on the Stow Ferry. People got to experience history first hand. Riders not only raised awareness about Hospice care, but they also were able to enjoy the beautiful day. The ride started and finished at Lakewood Beach.
Pictured are Megan D’Angelo, director of community relations for Hospice; Ron Sellers CEO and president for Hospice; Les Johnson, owner of Hollyloft and the Hollyloft Team that won the Hospice Cup Trophy.
Many Chautauqua Avenue businesses coordinated their efforts into making it a family event. It was Kids' Day, as kids got to enjoy free lunches donated by local participating restaurants, sidewalk chalk contests, prizes, a trick miniature horse, face-painting, and more.
The idea of the Hospice Cup Fun Ride was created as a way to get businesses involved. Businesses with the most registered riders gain bragging rights and win the Hospice Cup Trophy. This year's winner was Hollyloft. They were the business that had the most riders for the event and will have their name put on the trophy, which they can then display in their business for a year.
Megan D'Angelo, director of community relations for Hospice, was very touched by the success of this year's event.
"I am very moved at how many riders showed up this year," she said. "I really appreciate everyone who participated to make this year's Fun Cup Ride a success. On behalf of Hospice, thank you. It's nice to know that people in the community care."
Hospice of Chautauqua County offers a full range of health- and comfort-care services that are delivered to patients who are nearing the end of life. Included in Hospice's range are care-focused services, assistance for pain relief and counseling. These services are most often received in the comfort and convenience of the patients' homes.
For more information about Hospice, or to find out about upcoming events, visit www.hospicechautco.org.