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Gran Fondo image courtesy of Niagara Hospice
Gran Fondo image courtesy of Niagara Hospice

Niagara Hospice celebrates 10 years of Gran Fondo big ride & party on Aug. 5


Tue, Jun 27th 2023 03:30 pm

Niagara Hospice announced details for its annual Gran Fondo bicycle ride and after-party event being held Saturday, Aug. 5, on the Niagara Hospice campus located at 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport.

A press release stated, “This family-friendly fundraising event includes three different levels of bike routes with food and drink along the way, and a big party on campus at the end.

“With its origins in Italy, Gran Fondo – known as a party on wheels – was designed to attract all types of riders, from the casual to the more experienced. The Gran Fondo offers a 15-, 33- or 62-mile route followed by a post-ride party, which includes three hours of food, drink and live music by Buffalo’s classic pop band Flipside.”

Non-riders can sign up to attend the post-ride party.

Presented by M&T Bank, the annual Niagara Hospice Gran Fondo has had 5,000 participants since its inception. Proceeds from the event support the specialized care and services provided by the organization.

“This event is very special for both our riders and our organization,” said John Lomeo, president and CEO of Niagara Hospice. “The ride throughout Niagara County is so enjoyable, and the celebration afterwards is incredibly unique, surrounded by the beauty of our Niagara Hospice campus. Riding in memory of a loved one is particularly special for many of our participants, knowing they are also supporting the care provided by our organization.”

The Gran Fondo is rain or shine, starting at 7:30 a.m. with the longest ride, followed by the after-party from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. To register, purchase after-party tickets, volunteer or become a sponsor, visit www.HospiceGranFondo.com, or contact Special Events Coordinator Allison Bolt at 716-280-0766 or [email protected].

Niagara Hospice has provided end-of-life comfort, care and support since 1988 to over 30,000 Niagara County individuals and families faced with terminal illness. For more information, visit www.NiagaraHospice.org or call 716-HOSPICE.

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