MILWAUKEE + MADISON — EUA will hold the 16th Annual Beyond Design Bike Tour (BDBT) at the Concord House in Sullivan, WI on Thursday, August 26, 2021. At this annual event, over 300 business leaders and community partners put on their helmets to ride in support of the EUA Foundation and two selected local charities.
Each year, the BDBT raises funds through sponsorships by EUA’s business partners as well as the contributions raised by individual riders. Over the past 15 years, the ride has netted over $720,000 in charitable giving. This year’s goal is to raise $100,000 to benefit the EUA Foundation and our local charities:
- Camp One Step for over 40 years has provided camp program opportunities for children who have been diagnosed with cancer so they can meet, connect, find community and support with their peers outside a hospital setting. Camp One Step's mission is to bring back the joy of childhood that cancer took away. At camp, kids can be kids, meet others going through similar challenges, find hope and support, reclaim their joy, and find themselves again. About half of their in-person programs are held at sites located in Wisconsin.
- Shining Stars Foundation provides year-round recreational and social programs for children and their families challenged with pediatric cancer or life-threatening illnesses. They provide programs that help children move past just trying to survive, to thriving and truly living again. The organization serves not only the child, but their entire immediate family, including siblings and parents. Annually, 60+ outdoor, social and recreational experiences are provided in the Colorado area including adaptive skiing, hiking, snowmobiling, rafting, biking, cooking, swimming, climbing, sailing and so much more. These programs provide long-term, year-round care for children and their families through recreational programming at any stage in their cancer battle, including treatment, relapse or remission.
“After canceling our 2020 ride due to the pandemic, we are excited to be able to bring the BDBT back for 2021 allowing us to get outside in a safe and healthy way, to see our clients, partners and friends again and most importantly, to support these two great charities. Having recently been diagnosed with blood cancer and undergone treatment myself, I am very happy to be supporting charities that bring so much joy and normality to children’s lives as they are going through cancer treatments,” says EUA President Rich Tennessen.
Similar to recent years, the route will begin and end at the Concord House and the cyclists have the option to ride a 20-, 37-, 67- or 100-mile route. Rest areas will be located along the route to keep cyclists energized and a post-ride event will be held at the Concord House offering dinner, drinks and networking to participants. For full ride details visit http://www.eua.com/bdbt.
The 16th annual Beyond Design Bike Tour (BDBT) is made possible in part by the contributions of valued business partner sponsors. The BDBT is a fundraising / networking event run by the Eppstein Uhen Foundation. This 501(c)(3) charity foundation is focused on improving the quality of life in our local communities. Since its inception, the foundation and EUA have donated time and dollars to approximately 100 nonprofit local organizations.