Emmaus Cycle for Shelter Expects to Exceed $140,000 Fundraising Goal

David Stein of Haverhill and Jessica Randolph of SMRT Architects and Engineers, Andover, lead the 20-mile riders out of the college. (Photograph by Allegra Boverman.)

Emmaus Executive Director Jeanine Murphy with James Sullivan of Haverhill, who was awarded the Joey Towers Award at this year’s Cycle for Shelter. The award, given in memory of Joey Towers who passed away last year, recognizes a young cyclist who is committed to service in his or her community. Sullivan has ridden in Cycle for Shelter with his family for many years and also volunteers at Emmaus. (Photograph by Steve VanSeters).

More than 160 cyclists took to the roads around the Merrimack Valley and the seacoast during Emmaus’ 29th Annual Cycle for Shelter Sunday, July 23.

When all pledges are counted, Emmaus expects to exceed its $140,000 fundraising goal aimed at helping the homeless rebuild their lives. Riders rode one of four routes: 100, 62, 40 or 20 miles, and each pledged to raise a minimum of $250 for Emmaus by Sept. 1. Most riders raise an average of $400 or more, the agency said.

“We are so grateful for our dedicated cyclists and our event sponsors who really believe in what we are doing to transform people’s lives,” said Emmaus Director of Philanthropy Gretchen Arntz. “For many of them, cycling these distances is a challenge and we commend them for not only riding, but for raising significant funds so that we can provide critical services to those most in need,” she added.

Since 1985, Haverhill-based Emmaus, has helped more than 30,000 children and adults out of homelessness and toward self-sufficiency. This past year alone, Emmaus has helped 3,066 people, including 1,552 children through its shelters and housing programs. On any given night, 300 adults and children will call Emmaus “home,” officials said.

Cycle for Shelter sponsors included Presenting Sponsors, International Cars and Merrimack Valley Credit Union; Media Sponsor, WHAV; and Premier Bike Shop Sponsor, Riverside Cycle.  In addition, many local businesses supported the event and several area restaurants donated food to the post-ride cookout.

Those who wish to donate or learn more may visit events.emmausinc.org/cycle17.