Volunteers at the heart of YMCA’s fundraiser

Walmart volunteers staffed the most enthusiastic refreshment stop at the recent Heart of the Chesapeake Bike Tour.

Walmart volunteers staffed the most enthusiastic refreshment stop at the recent Heart of the Chesapeake Bike Tour.

On July 2, and undoubtedly one of the steamiest days of the summer season thus far, the Heart of the Chesapeake Bike Tour kicked off from the Dorchester YMCA. Riders had the choice of riding a 68-mile metric century with Aid Stations located at the Bucktown Store, the Chicone Indian Village/Handsel, and Layton’s Chance Winery or another 32-mile scenic ride to Ragged Point. There was even a local 10-mile ride for kids and families to participate.

But the really bright spot of the day goes to the local Walmart store in Cambridge for their support of the Heart of the Chesapeake event and their undying enthusiasm at their Aid Station for the riders daring to brave the heat and humidity.

Walmart generously provided food and water at all of the Aid Stations for the riders and then provided volunteers to staff one particular Aid Station nearly five hours to cheer on and encourage the riders braving the 68-mile trek.

Event Chair Fred Haller shared, “Overwhelmingly we heard riders report how wonderful all of our Aid Stations were, but there was one that just seemed to really stand out … and that was the Walmart staffed station.”

That’s the spirit of the Heart of the Chesapeake … the heart of volunteers and local community businesses making a difference in our community to benefit others. And that’s just what the Heart of the Chesapeake ride does … all proceeds benefit the Dorchester YMCA’s Bob Brannock Endowment Fund and the Dorchester YMCA’s Scholarship Fund. While the Endowment Fund ensures the future sustainability of the YMCA, the Scholarship Fund ensures the Y is able to fulfill its mission of never turning anyone away who is in need of help or assistance.

The Dorchester County Family YMCA is a not-for-profit charitable community organization located in Cambridge, with nearly 4,000 members. The Y’s three areas of focus are: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. To learn more about the Y, visit www.dorchesterymca.org or call 410-221-0505.

Editor’s note: Ms. Hansen is the executive director of the Dorchester County Family YMCA.

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