The formula is simple. Each year, CVSPIN organizes two global cycling events, the Tour de Palm Springs (Feb. 9, 2019) and the Patriot Ride for Heroes (Oct. 19, 2019). Each one offers local Charites the opportunity to partner with CVSPIN and, in turn, solicit support from their donor base. CVSPIN does the rest: promotes the Coachella Valley around the world, organizes the cycling rides through the beautiful Coachella Valley and gets prizes for the raffles. Charities sell raffle tickets, create teams to raise pledges, and encourages supporters to ride in the cycling events using a charity code set up specifically for them. CVSPIN manages tax receipts and registrations. To date, CVSPIN has donated 100% of raffle ticket sales, pledges and registrations raised by the charity. The donation amount is limitless.
For example, United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire (UCPIE) is a participating charity that benefits from CVSPIN’s mission. In 2012, the group joined CVSPIN to create Team Freedom. Team Freedom raises funds to provide after-school programs and adaptive bikes for children with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, autism, Down’s syndrome, epilepsy, intellectual delay and other mobility and intellectual disabilities. By partnering with CVSPIN, UCPIE eliminates the expenses and logistical operations of putting on a large charity event, which in turn allows UCPIE to focus on just raising funds.
UCPIE started with just one rider in 2012 with a total fundraising amount of $600.00. Six years later UCPIE registered over 80 riders and raised $55,000.00! UCPIE supporters sell raffle tickets, ride in the tour and hit the pavement to raise pledges. UCPIE President/CEO, Greg Wetmore states, “When charities join forces there is no limit to what we can do for our children, thank you CVSPIN!”
Palm Springs Mayor Moon had this to say about CVSPIN and UCPIE’s partnership, “The City of Palm Springs is honored to support CVSPIN and the Tour de Palm Springs and we thank them for all they do to assist children with special needs through great nonprofits like United Cerebral Palsy. It’s fantastic to see the fruits of this incredibly successful charity bike ride manifest through the smiling faces of these wonderful children when they receive their very own adaptive bike, fitted specially for them. CVSPIN truly is making a tangible difference in the lives of special needs children across the Coachella Valley.”
Additionally Moon continued, The Tour de Palm Springs draws riders with their families and friends from throughout the state, country and around the world to our beautiful city. It adds tourism dollars with a positive focus on our beautiful Coachella Valley.”
To date $3,250,000 has been given to Coachella Valley Charities thanks to Tim Esser and his idea 20 years ago. CVSPIN truly is an organization about the community as it is for the community. UCPIE is just one example of what can be accomplished when forces join together. When you think of your annual event, think CVSPIN and focus your energies to increasing your bottom line!