The Coldwell Banker Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, will be hosting the inaugural Parkway Pedal Ride for Autism on September 19 to raise money for the Autism Council of Utah.
The Parkway Pedal is a casual bike ride along the Legacy Parkway and Jordan River Parkway trails. The ride will start and finish at the Utah Culture Celebration Center at 1355 West 3100 South. Riders can choose from various routes with distances for beginners to the most experienced riders. After the ride, there will be music, food trucks, games, and festivities centered around family fun. The event is hosted by Coldwell Banker with generous donations from our presenting sponsor, Doug Smith Subaru.
Each year, the Coldwell Banker Community Foundation supports charities and programs that give back to the people of Utah in an effort to enrich the community an enhance lives through health and human services.
This year, the Foundation decided to partner with the Autism Council of Utah in hopes of raising money and awareness for this condition. Autism affects one in every 54 children born in the State of Utah. The community is in dire need of assistance and funding to help these families cope with the challenge of having an autistic child.
“We searched for over two years to find just the right cause and organization to get behind, and autism and the Autism Council of Utah was the perfect choice,” said Chris Jensen. “Because autism affects so many children in our state, chances are that most everyone has been affected by this illness or knows someone who has. Now’s the chance for all us to step up and do something about battling autism and supporting those who are dealing with this illness. It costs a family with an autistic child and average of $60,000 a year in care. The funds donated to the ACU go directly to Utah families and all money stays in Utah.”
The community can help by taking part in the ride, getting sponsors for donations, and serving as volunteers for the upcoming event. All routes for the bike ride will begin and end at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center and riders can choose to ride 10, 25, 30, 40 or 55 miles to raise funds. There’s also a “free ride” option for those who just want to pedal at their own pace. Those who don’t wish to ride can join other participants at the Culture Center for the activities.
To find out more about the Autism Council of Utah and the upcoming Parkway Pedal Ride for Autism, as well as to register for the ride, please visit parkwaypedal.com today.