Foster youth, Amgen tour get share of GranFondo charity ride's $248,000 haul

  • on Saturday, 9 29, 2012. Riders jam Stony Point Road for Levi's GranFondo in Santa Rosa, Saturday Sept. 29, 2012. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2012

The King Ridge GranFondo benefit ride last year raised $248,000, which is being doled out now to a dozen organizations.

The largest donation, $160,000, is being given to Forget Me Not Farm, a program of the Sonoma County Humane Society for foster youth.

The city of Santa Rosa's committee that organizes the local Amgen Tour of California event receives the second largest chunk at $60,000.

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"It starts us off in the right direction with fundraising efforts," said Raissa de la Rosa, economic development specialist with the city, who is in charge of the local tour organizing committee. "It eases our minds."

An additional $28,000 is donated to the Cazadero, Timber Cove, Fort Ross, Monte Rio, Occidental and Camp Meeker fire districts, to Fort Ross and Montgomery schools, the Cazadero Community Services District and Russian River Rodeo. Those groups are in the west county area that is heavily affected by the ride.

"These are the folks who have a lot of guests coming through their neighborhood for the day," said Greg Fisher, marketing director for the ride. "We want to demonstrate the value that cycling brings to that area."

The Levi Leipheimer King Ridge GranFondo, the proper name, has been staged four times, the last two times drawing 7,500 riders.

The 35-, 65- and 100-mile routes take the riders from Santa Rosa to Occidental, Cazadero and the coast and back.

It was initially started to raise money for Santa Rosa's cost of putting on stages of the Tour of California.

This year, the Santa Rosa organizing committee needs to raise about $325,000 to host the finish of the final stage of the race, which attracts some of the top international riders and teams.

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