We will have over
100 riders and support personnel making the trip this year.
We need your help. How? Here are a few ways:
We need money for fuel, lodging, and other expenses for all the riders
and support crew PLUS we want to add to the fund taht benefit's officers
through the Charlotte Mecklenburg FOP Foundation. With more participants
this year the total $$ needed will increase. Finding one donor to
write the Big Check would be great; however, it wouldn’t take
that many small donors to make a big difference. Last year the community
was very generous and we were able to meet our fundraising goal. We
know this year will be a challenge - and due to the number of riders,
our goal for this year is $70,000.
DC partners with Charlotte Mecklenburg FOP Foundation,
a well established 501(c)3 forganization. Any money raised in excess
of expenses will go toward a fund the Foundation uses to provide assistance
to law enforcement officers in need.
We need vehicles to haul food, luggage, bikes, and cyclists!
Last year these companies helped us, a big thanks to them:
and Enterprise each provided a 17' truck to haul
luggage and food during the trip.
helped us with coaches to transport our officers back from DC
to Charlotte after the end of our ride.
and Storage transported our bicycles back from DC to
Charlotte after the end of our ride.
We still need fuel for
the vehicles, it's a major expense.
- Lodging. We have reservations in Asheboro (Fairfield
Inn and Holiday Inn Express), South Boston (Holiday Inn Express and
Fairfield Inn), Richmond (Hilton Garden Inn), and DC (Palomar Hotel)–
but have been unable to get any “deals” when making those
reservations. If you have any contacts with any of those chains that
might be able to help us with comped rooms or even discount rates
that will make a big impact. Any help here would be huge - lodging
accounts for most of our expenses.
and drink. We had several generous donors last year who gave
for meals (Thank You Subway)
for groceries (Thank You Harris-Teeter, Sams Club)
sports drinks (Thank You Coca-Cola, Harris-Teeter, and Pepsi)
the way - crackers, pretzels, chips (Thank You Lance)
bars (Thank You Carolina Smoothies, Inside Out Sports, Harris Teeter)
These were lifesavers - we need such generosity again this year!
Spread the word about the ride. Direct people to this website. Even
if you don’t raise money, it will raise awareness.
To donate by credit card, click on the logo below, please look for the block to put the name of the cyclist you are supporting:
If you prefer, you can support the ride by making a check out
Mecklenburg FOP Foundation
do NOT make the check out to "Bike to DC" or "CMPD")
c/o Ron Horton
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
601 E. Trade St
Charlotte, NC 28202-2940
Important: Put the name of the rider you are supporting and "Bike to DC 2013" in the Memo line of your
Regarding your contributions:
All funds raised in excess
of expenses go to the Charlotte Mecklenburg FOP Foundation, a non-profit foundation that provides financial assistance to families of slain officers, officers who become incapacitated due to sudden illness or injury, and officers affected by catastrophic circumstances which could leave them and their families without financial security. The Foundation is a well established
501(c)3; however, you should always
consult with your tax return preparer regarding the eligibility of your
donation as a deduction on your income tax return.