CELORON - Openings are still available for the inaugural Cycle Chautauqua Bike Tour on July 21.
Presented by the Southwestern Schools Education Foundation along with HollyLoft Ski and Bike and Seneca Eye Surgeons, the event will benefit the Southwestern Schools Education Foundation Fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and other school initiatives.
For $25, riders may choose from one of three specially designed trails: a 43-mile ride around Chautauqua Lake, a 23-mile ride around half of Chautauqua Lake, which crosses at the Bemus-Stow Ferry; or a 12-mile local ride from Celoron to Vukote and back. All rides begin and end at Lucille Ball Memorial Park in Celoron.
Individuals looking to participate in the tour may register online at www.cyclechautauqua.com. Local businesses interested in sponsoring a rest stop or donating fresh fruit, energy bars or drinks may also visit the website for more information.
While the ride is the first bicycling event, the Southwestern Schools Education Foundation has hosted a number of events to raise money for school initiatives. In the past, money has gone into student scholarships, teacher innovation grants, science labs, athletic and musical projects, and growth for the long-term endowment fund at Southwestern Central School. By partnering with the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, donations made to this fund are tax deductible.
For more information about the work being done by the Southwestern Schools Education Foundation, visit www.swcsfoundation.org. For more information about establishing an endowment fund or supporting one that is already in place, call the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation at 661-3390 or visit www.crcfonline.org.