Caz Mission ride grows

Caz Mission ride grows

Clark presented shirt for biggest contribution by individual

By Willie Kiernan

Though the Rescue Mission has been an integral part of Central New York for 120 years, its signature event, Ride for the Rescue, is only two-years old and growing. The bike ride, which took place in Cazenovia on July 15, went from the 2006 figures of 47 riders and $12,000 raised to 154 riders and $67,800 raised in 2007.

"We had several fundraising functions at the Rescue Mission where we were experiencing a lack of growth," said Elaine Woznek, the Mission's donor relations representative .

The idea was put together a few years ago; Cazenovian Tim McCall was instrumental in bringing it here.

Woznek, came to Cazenovia last Wednesday to present a shirt to the individual who raised the most money for the cause, Rick Clark. Because St. Peter's Church had three parishioners in the ride, including Clark who used a three-minute speech to the congregation to instill compassion and help with the fundraising, the presentation was held at St. Peter's in the presence of Father Robin Flocken and Chris Wnorowski, President of the Board at The Key, the church's not-for-profit consignment store.

"It's our joy, The Key and St. Peter's, to help Rick put our faith forward out into the community," Father Flocken said.

Clark, who rode for 62 miles, didn't want to take much of the credit. He praised McCall for riding 100 miles. He also praised his church.

"We had 20 individuals from the parish as well as a large donation from The Key," Clark said.

The ride

Cazenovia is the beautiful backdrop for the bicycling tour, which coincides with the Tour de France, to raise funds to help improve the lives of homeless and hurting people. The scenic bike ride, which originates at Caz College and is not a race, allows for riders at any competitive level. Entrants can choose between five routes of varying length and difficulty: 5 miles, 20 miles, 40 miles, 62 miles and 100 miles.

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