RE/MAX ready to roll in Gran Fondo

Lo­cal real­tors add pedal power for health care fundrais­ing

Shoreline Beacon - - News - Frances Lear­ment Edi­tor

Many of the staff of seven Bruce-Grey RE/MAX Land Ex­change of­fices, in­clud­ing two in Saugeen Shores, will pedal to help raise money for lo­cal health care this sum­mer as their em­ployer com­mit­ted to a $10,000 do­na­tion, and Plat­inum spon­sor sta­tus, for the 70K bike ride at the Saugeen Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal Foun­da­tion (SMHF)’s Gran Fondo (Ital­ian for Bike Bike) Lake Huron fundraiser in Au­gust.

RE/MAX Bro­ker of Record Re­nate Sieber-Sch­legel and many of her staff gath­ered with SMHF of­fi­cials on the side lawn at Saugeen Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal Nov. 2 for a cer­e­mo­nial cheque pre­sen­ta­tion.

She said sup­port for the SMHS’s Gran Fondo is im­por­tant as good health­care close to home is val­ued by their clients.

“Ev­ery year we give a do­na­tion to a lo­cal cause and (bro­ker ) Scott Saun­ders brought this idea to me, and we thought it would be a good thing to sup­port this hospi­tal cam­paign,” Sieber-Sch­legel said.

Saun­ders said RE/MAX is proud to play a role in the com­mu­nity with the fundraiser.

“We be­lieve that help­ing the Gran Fondo and the Saugeen Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal Foun­da­tion is an in­cred­i­ble thing to do to give back to the com­mu­nity that has been so gen­er­ous to us,” Saun­ders said, adding he in­tends to ride in the Au­gust event.

For SMHF Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Sally Kid­son, RE/ MAX be­com­ing a Plat­inum spon­sor is en­cour­ag­ing the fund-rais­ing goal for the Gran Fondo is $150,000.

“We have one con­firmed Bronze ($,1000) spon­sor, one Sil­ver ($2,500), and we have a po­ten­tial Gold Spon­sor and oth­ers kind of in the wings,” Kid­son said after the cheque pre­sen­ta­tion, de­clin­ing to names at this point, but hint­ing of an­nounce­ments of ad­di­tional spon­sors in­com­ing weeks.

To date, there are 39 con­firmed Gran Fondo reg­is­tra­tions - they hope to hit 75 by Christ­mas - for the four events that in­clude 30, 70, 110, and 160K routes through Saugeen Shores and sur­round­ing area that could draw 1,500 rid­ers.

The pre­miere Gran Fondo event is 160k Bruce County Bucket List - many no­table stops through­out south­west­ern Bruce County as it takes rid­ers through Sauble Beach, Tara, Port El­gin, Tiverton and Pais­ley. The eas­i­est ride is the 30k — From Farm to Shore and Back — that begins with a loop through Southamp­ton, then along the shore­line to Port El­gin and an in­land ride along the Saugeen River and back to Southamp­ton. There are prizes for the top three in­di­vid­ual fundrais­ers and the top three fundrais­ing teams.

Frances Lear­ment/ShorE­LinE BEa­con

Staff with two RE/MAX Land Ex­change of­fices in Saugeen Shores de­liv­ered a $10,000 cheque to Saugeen Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal Foun­da­tion of­fi­cials Nov. 1 at the Southamp­ton hospi­tal to mark RE/MAX’s sta­tus as a Plat­inum spon­sor of the Foun­da­tion’s Gran Fondo (Ital­ian for Big Bike) Lake Huron bi­cy­cle ride/race fundraiser in Au­gust to buy equip­ment for the new emer­gency de­part­ment and lab­o­ra­to­ries now un­der con­struc­tion in Southamp­ton.

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