SMECO bike ride raises $25,000 for Op­er­a­tion: To­hidu

Maryland Independent - - Business -

South­ern Mary­land Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive em­ploy­ees hosted their fifth an­nual SMECO 75 Bike Ride on June 4 and raised more than $25,000 for Mel­wood’s Op­er­a­tion: To­hidu, a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram for vet­eran and ac­tive duty ser­vice mem­bers.

Three bike routes of 29, 47 and 75 miles started at the co­op­er­a­tive’s head­quar­ters in Hugh­esville and went as far as Colton’s Point in St. Mary’s County, ac­cord­ing to a SMECO press re­lease.

“Our vol­un­teers and our par­tic­i­pants were en­thu­si­as­tic about sup­port­ing Mel­wood’s Op­er­a­tion: To­hidu, the or­ga­ni­za­tion that will ben­e­fit from the fundraiser,” Natalie Cot­ton, SMECO com­mu­nity and pub­lic af­fairs di­rec­tor, said in the re­lease. “We had 475 cy­clists, and many of them said they would be back next year.”

Mel­wood’s Op­er­a­tion: To­hidu is an ex­pe­ri­en­tial re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram that fo­cuses on con­fi­dence build­ing, out­door ac­tiv­i­ties and group dis­cus­sion in a re­laxed, pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

SMECO se­lects a dif­fer­ent or­ga­ni­za­tion each year to ben­e­fit from fundrais­ing events. Last year, em­ploy­ees raised $41,322 through the bike ride held in June and a char­ity golf tour­na­ment held in Oc­to­ber. The events are sup­ported by a group of vol­un­teers, the SMECO ex­ec­u­tive team and ven­dors.

For pho­tos of the event, go to http:// or

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