Alliance held its inaugural “Pedal for Patients” bike event on Sunday afternoon, and over 30 bike enthusiasts gathered at Anderson Point Park for the recreational ride!  The weather was simply perfect! Clear, sapphire blue sky, bright, warm sunshine, and a gentle breeze swirling fall’s golden, brown leaves.  National Charity League volunteers greeted the bikers while Flythe Cyclery offered “last-minute” bike adjustments.  Most participants accepted the challenge and rode the 15-mile loop along Raleigh’s gorgeous Neuse River Greenway Trail, complete with views of a waterfall at Milburnie Dam and a suspension bridge over the Neuse.  Mileage points and water stations were marked with brightly colored balloons, and our National Charity League volunteers waved the riders along their way. More than nine “patient visits” were sponsored by riders!

‘Tis the season for outdoor fall festivals, fairs and friend gatherings, and Alliance’s 2nd Annual “Fun with Friends” event did not disappoint!  After our bike ride, over 150 Alliance friends met at Alliance for “Fun with Friends”, enjoying the spectacular weather and gorgeous garden setting.

Flanked by the Community Garden (the focal point of the Alliance Wellness Program), Deli-icious, Only Burger, and LadyBug’s Treats food trucks provided dinner options, and Dave Dyer and The Crooked Smile Band performed bluegrass while sharing the Alliance story.  Andrew Leager of Boylan Bridge Brew Pub brought a truck and served complimentary beer from the pub and from Carolina Brewing Company.  Our new friends and partners from FlyWheel Sports brought their stationary bike to advertise the upcoming “Charity Bike or Barre” event to support Alliance…more details on that to come!Flanked by the Community Garden (the focal point of the Alliance Wellness Program), Deli-icious, Only Burger, and LadyBug’s Treats food trucks provided dinner options, and Dave Dyer and The Crooked Smile Band performed bluegrass while sharing the Alliance story.  Andrew Leager of Boylan Bridge Brew Pub brought a truck and served complimentary beer from the pub and from Carolina Brewing Company.  Our new friends and partners from FlyWheel Sports brought their stationary bike to advertise the upcoming “Charity Bike or Barre” event to support Alliance…more details on that to come!

The afternoon was quite relaxing, with families playing cornhole on the lawn, guests dancing to the bluegrass beat, and folks enjoying food truck fare.  Alliance staff gave many tours of Alliance; the engaged crowd was “like a sponge”, “soaking up” information about the clinic and about how Alliance achieves its mission of providing a medical home to working, uninsured Wake County adults.  We’re excited that many folks are interested in volunteering at Alliance; please contact Elizabeth Daniel to find out more!

Alliance is also grateful to the many event hosts and to those who generously gave to “sponsor a patient visit”.  We sponsored a total of 15 patient visits!  If you didn’t have the opportunity to do so at the event, please consider giving a $96.00 “patient visit” TODAY!

The afternoon exceeded our expectations and truly was “Fun with Friends!”  We’d love to hear your feedback of the event and hear suggests for our next open house event.  See you next fall!

Special “thank you” to our host committee:

Carol & George Allen
Marks Arnold
Marlene & Ronnie Batchelor
Diane & Paul Becton
Mary Grady & Vic Bell
May & Mark Bensen
Anna Neal Blanchard
Elizabeth & Martin Borden
Carson & Bryan Brice
Kathy & Garry Brown
Anne & Matt Bullard
Holly Burge & Steve Stafford
Sarah & Chris Capel
Michelle & John Connell
Karen & Andy Cook
Amy & Buck Copeland
Pam & T. Barker Dameron
Laura & Mark Davidson
Elizabeth & Bo Dempster
Pam & Hearon Dickson
Elizabeth & Bill Dixon
Wynn & Jim Dorsett
Angie & Rick Dowd
Jena Edelman
Daphne Edwards
Grace Evans & Jay Butler
Mary Pat Evans
Lisa & Mark Finkelstein
Zack Fleming
Emily & Richard Fountain
Marynell & Ed Gehrke
Tina & Jimmy Glover
Sallie & John Glover
Marcie & Darrell Gordon
Sallie & Gordon Grubb
Bonny & Robert Herrington
Elizabeth & John Hogan
Kathryn & Will Holding
Cindy Holmes
Martha & Ken Howard
Ann & Bill Janvier
Carolyn & Earl Johnson
Helen & Calvin Kirven
Lyn Maness
RuthAnn Marenyi
Louise & Steve McCoy
Beth & Paul McCain
Anne McLaurin & Charles Meeker
Carrie McMillan & David Boaz
Jo Anna & Doug McMillan
Juana & Terry Mikels
Jill & Howard Moye
Lisa & Peter Pace
Megg & Robert Rader
Martha & Franklin Roberts
Mary Nash & John Rusher
Caroline & David Smart
Bettie & David Sousa
Margie & Rocky Springer
Laurie & Sam Sugg
Danny Thomas
Mary & Don Tucker
Merry & Bob Vaughan
Elizabeth & Robert Wallace
Elizabeth & Randall Williams
Mary Clark & Erwin Williams
Harriet & David Wilson
Marion Winston
Diane & Bobby Woronoff
Carter Worthy & Tom Hester

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AuthorDavid Crittenden