Wounded Airmen Cycling Challenge 2017
AFA held its first annual Wounded Airmen Cycling Challenge on May 20th in an effort to raise funds toward AFA’s Wounded Airmen and Family Programs. The challenge took place at CycleBar, an indoor cycling studio, in Arlington, Va.
Early on, AFA set a goal to raise $50,000 in direct support of our wounded Airmen. AFA was thrilled to announce that over $54,000 was raised thanks to our generous donors, sponsors, and riders who wanted to show their love for our Air Force and Airmen.
“Our first annual Wounded Airmen Cycling Challenge exceeded all of our expectations,” said General Larry O. Spencer, AFA President. “This was a wonderful event that provided an opportunity for AFA staff, Chapter members, supporters and donors to get together to show their support for our wounded heroes. It is crucial now more than ever that we give a voice to our wounded Airmen and make their stories known.”
The event began with an hour-long spin class lead by a CycleBar professional instructor and concluded with a reception presented by Technica.
AFA’s Wounded Airmen and Family Programs have provided over $300,000 in direct support of wounded Airmen since it became a formal program in 2013. Support includes donating recumbent bicycles, ramps, financial support, and aid to wounded Airmen and their families.
“This program saves people’s lives, repairs families and mends broken bodies,” said Ashley, an Air Force Wounded Warrior. “Thank you for allowing my soul to breathe blue for one more camp and one more day.”
The first annual fundraiser had nearly 400 donors and 17 generous sponsors who helped AFA exceed the fundraising goal. Generous event sponsors include Lost Dog Café, IST, Rocklands Real Barbeque, Keller Benefit Services, Giant, Kumak, DirectMail.com, Military Times, Technica, William Jeffrey’s Tavern, James G. Elliot, National Trade Productions, C-Ink, Robert Irvine Foundation, Dominion Paper Products, Inc., The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies and AFA’s Nation’s Capital Chapter, Gen Charles A. Gabriel Chapter, Ramstein Chapter, Alamo Chapter, Thunderbird Chapter, and Frank Luke Chapter.