Agency surpasses fundraising goal, increases participation by 44 percent from last year's event
Proceeds benefit underprivileged children at the organization's afterschool program at Cornerstone Manor
Buffalo City Mission raised $30,000 over the weekend at its ninth Ride for the Homeless, an annual motorcycle run to benefit the afterschool program at Cornerstone Manor, the agency's shelter for women and children.
This year's event surpassed its fundraising goal of $28,500 and saw a 44 percent increase in rider participation. Proceeds from the event will provide underprivileged children with resources, guidance and opportunities needed to achieve their academic goals.
"Every day, more children fall behind in their studies due to the lack of a structured, nurturing environment," Buffalo City Mission Associate Executive Director Aubrey Calhoun said. "Funds raised through this annual event are an important step in changing that trend. We are extremely thankful to the riders, guests and sponsors that helped make this year's ride the best yet."
The Ride for the Homeless also advances the afterschool program's mission to provide an outlet to help children - of all grades - achieve academic success and manage stress. It further provides the tools for them to build strong relationships with peers and interact with tutors and mentors.
Saturday's 50-mile ride throughout Niagara County had 108 participants.
About Buffalo City Mission
The Buffalo City Mission, founded in 1917, is a not-for-profit organization that provides preventative, emergency and long-term recovery services to thousands of people who are homeless or impoverished. The agency includes: women and children's shelter (Cornerstone Manor), a men's community center, the mission vehicle donation program and a Dick Road thrift store location.
For more information, visit www.buffalocitymission.org or call 716-854-8181.