A ride to remember and many helpers to thank


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We would like to take a moment to thank the individuals and organizations that made the 1st Annual Wright Ride a success. The ride drew over 370 cyclists and spanned 14 communities, and we are extremely thankful to them for letting us host this wonderful event.

The Visitors Bureau was fortunate to retain Deirdra Stockman through the summer to assist in the coordination of this event and the gathering of some of the fine sponsors we will mention in a moment. The Park District of Oak Park was a large supporter of this ride with equipment and personnel, and we are extremely thankful to Gary Balling, Matt Ellmann, and the park district employees who assisted on the day of the event.

Carol Backe, a wonderful member of the Oak Park Cycle Club and a gifted graphic designer, volunteered her considerable talents to do the design work, as did Brian Crawford, a talented webmaster and master of all other things necessary.

It is with our deepest regret that we cannot personally thank Oak Park Cycle Club president-elect Trish Quane who was so instrumental in making this event happen. She was prematurely taken from us two days after the Ride. Without her dedication, initiative and persistence, this event would not have occurred.

We also owe a very special thanks to the staff of the Convention and Visitors Bureau and all the other members of the Oak Park Cycle Club who gave their time, talent and support in making this first annual event a reality.

Our official media sponsor, Wednesday Journal, helped to make this event a huge success, as did Patrick Keenen and the Berwyn Development Corporation, who contributed labor and much insight to the ride through Berwyn. The Western Springs Park District and Craig Himmelman deserve a huge amount of thanks for their support and effort put forth for this ride.

We would also like to acknowledge Village President David Pope and trustees Ray Johnson and Greg Marsey who supported and participated in the event?#34;and in Trustee Johnson's case, gave his valuable time as a volunteer.

It was exceptional to receive the support of the Village of Oak Park, as well as the Village of River Forest, the Village of Forest Park, the City of Berwyn, the Village of Brookfield, the Village of LaGrange, the Village of Hindsdale, Village of LaGrange Park, Village of Brookfield, Village of Western Springs, Village of Willowbrook, Village of Willow Springs, and the City of Darien.

We are also grateful to our friends, colleagues and neighbors who, although they had no immediate connection with the event, thought it worthy of their time to volunteer. Thanks also to the many cyclists who participated!

We'd like to thank Hall & Sons Printing, especially Leslie Izzo and Lance Lechnter for all their hard work and patience. Tim Rassmussen from It's a Sign and the Print Shop also contributed flyers and various signage.

We would like to thank our generous sponsors:

Berwyn Development Corporation, Brown Cow, Buzz Caf, Dan's Bike Shop, Dominick's Finer Foods, Downtown Oak Park (DTOP), Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust, Hammer Gel, Lickton's Cycle City, Forest Park Review, Great Harvest Bread Company, Metro Commuter, Naked Juice, Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association (OPALGA), Panera Bread, Park District of Oak Park, Peak Bars, REI, Inc., Resurrection Healthcare, Rickshaw Rick's Custom Cabs, Riverside/Brookfield Landmark, Wednesday Journal, and Whole Foods Market.

It was a grand day, and we look forward to doing it again next year, especially as we remember Trish Quane and her joy at having been a part of such a successful event.

Gail Moran
president, Oak Park Cycle Club
Rich Carollo
president & CEO, Oak Park Area
Convention and Visitors Bureau

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