EUA's CFO Matt Hall, Controller Terri Agnew, and President Rich Tennessen present check to Groundwork Milwaukee
Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA) held the 13th Annual Beyond Design Bike Tour (BDBT) on August 17, 2017. The ride was the most successful ride to date, with approximately $83,500 donated to local charities. Every year, the BDBT and the Eppstein Uhen Foundation select local charities that support children and families, advances education, reduces hunger, improves safety or assists in solving other community issues. For 2017, the BDBT benefiting charities chosen were REAP Food Group and Groundwork Milwaukee.
REAP Food Group is a Madison-based nonprofit organization building a healthy, just and sustainable local food system in Southern Wisconsin. REAP's Farm to School program is transforming school food in Madison with the inclusion of fresh, local produce in school meals and engaging classroom lessons for elementary students and hands-on culinary lessons for middle & high school students. These lessons cultivate healthy eating habits, develop cooking skills, expose students to new foods and provide well-rounded knowledge of the local food system.
Groundwork Milwaukee is a Milwaukee-based environmental nonprofit organization. Their Young Farmers program offers elementary and middle school aged youth an opportunity to learn about urban agriculture through experimental based learning. Young Farmers become stewards of their own garden site, learning all about farming techniques and ecosystems. Through their work, Young Farmers develop entrepreneurial skills, such as customer service and sales strategies.
At the REAP Food Group check presentation, Rich Tennessen, EUA’s President said, “It is an honor to give back to both REAP Food Group and Groundwork Milwaukee who are making amazing strides in educating children about agriculture and caring for the environment. A special thank you to our business partners and sponsors for their continued support of the ride and making a difference in our communities.”
Each year, the Eppstein Uhen Foundation strives to surpass the previous year’s fundraising through sponsorships by EUA’s business partners as well as the contributions raised by individual riders and the silent auction. This was the most successful ride to date with more than 400 registered riders and nearly 40 sponsors. Over the past 13 years, the ride has netted over $650,000 in charitable giving to various local Wisconsin organizations.
With the continued success of the Beyond Design Bike Tour, Eppstein Uhen Architects plans to have a ride again next year, helping a new charity in need.