Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Ride to Leave a Light On—An Evening Charity Spin Through Woodstock


Please support the Ride to Keep a Light On, a fun, easy bicycle ride through the streets of Woodstock, Illinois this Friday June 3.  The event raises funds for organizations serving the community including Compassion for Campers.  To support the event volunteer to ride and gather sponsors and buy color-coded string of lights—a different color for each charity—to decorate bikes or yourselves.  Strings are $9 each and all proceeds go the corresponding charity.  Gathering and sales of strings begins in Woodstock Square at 7:30 with the ride beginning after full dark about 8:30.

Ride to Leave a Light on founder and sponsor Ken West in his Material Things Artisan Market in Woodstock.

The event is sponsored by Material Things Artisan Market, a craft and art consignment shop at 103 East Van Buren Street and is the brainchild and project of owner Ken West, a tireless supporter of the community and especially of its youth.

A rider and bike festooned with lights for the Ride.  Each color light string supports a corresponding community organization.  This year Compassion for Campers will be blue.

From 9:25 to 10 pm as riders return to the Square there will be live entertainment by Cheryl & the Down Home Boys.

This event comes at an especially urgent moment for Compassion for Campers, the organization that provides urgently need gear and supplies for the McHenry County unhoused who sleep outside or in cars and vacant spaces all or most of the month.  The gear is distributed at the Community Empower Shower Event at Willow Crystal Lake at 100 South Main Street in Crystal Lake which is held on the first and third Fridays of each month.  This week Compassion for Campers ran its funds down to near zero and was unable to purchase all the supplies needed and must immediately place an order for more for the next event on Friday, June 17.  Direct money donations can be made to Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 5603 Bull Valley Road, McHenry, IL 60050 by check with Compassion for Campers on the memo line or donate online here using the drop down menu under  Give to Unpledged Donations.”

Other great community assets and organizations that will benefit from the Ride to Leave the Light on include:

Break Crystal Lake Teen Center provides a safe, stimulating environment for teens to connect, have fun and find acceptance among peers and adults in the community. We are primarily focus on high school students, however we are open to middle school teens and provide middle school only hours.

CASA of McHenry County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of McHenry County gives children in the foster care system a voice in court so they can grow up in safe, forever homes where they can thrive by providing one-on-one advocates to stay with them as their cases are handled by the courts.

The Illinois Migrant Council is a community-based non-profit organization with the primary mission of promoting employment, education, health, housing and other opportunities for migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families to achieve economic self-sufficiency and stability.

LIVE 4 LALI works to reduce stigma and prevent substance use disorder among individuals, families, and communities, and minimize the overall health, legal and social harms associated with substance use.

Stairway to Prosperity is a nonprofit serving young adults, ages 18-26, in McHenry County, Illinois through programs that teach adulting life skills, independence, hope and resilience; providing opportunities for success in the future.

Woodstock Pride is a community organization dedicated to the LGBTQIA+ community of Woodstock, IL and surrounding areas.  Our mission is to promote Diversity, Cultural Integration, and Self-Celebration of LGBTQIA+ persons, families, and businesses.  We strive to create a 100% all-inclusive environment of support, foundation and strength.  With a goal of establishing a stronghold of trust and relief for the local LGBTQIA+ community.

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