Team Simonton is preparing to once again assist in the fight against cancer by participating in the sixth annual Pelotonia bike ride in Columbus, Ohio on August 8-10, 2014.
This is the third year the team of Simonton Windows associates will participate in raising funds for cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.
"Team Simonton raised $14,965 for Pelotonia in 2013," says Danielle Cisler, strategic pricing manager at Simonton Windows and captain of Team Simonton. "Our goal this year is to raise at least $25,000 with the support of our family, friends and business associates."
There are 21 Simonton associates committed to supporting the fundraising effort. Four of those individuals will ride for 100 miles, while others complete routes of 50 and 25 miles. Some associates are participating as virtual riders and volunteers for the event.
To prepare for the August event team members are starting spring training individually, by pairing up for rides and organizing several team training rides. Office fundraisers to support the team are being coordinated at Simonton headquarters in Columbus that include a silent auction, "wear jeans to work" day and massage days.
Returning Team Simonton members include Mark Savan, Sid Spear, Stephanie Westgate, Danielle Cisler, Chris Goodman, Cameron Moore, Andy Shashlo, Robb Struckel, Mark Wherry and Cari Mead. First year participants include Ryan Brown, Vince Campise, Ana Castro, Megan Mazur, Michael Peterson, Timothy Sinnott, John Stark, John Tatterson, Julie Biddle, Danielle Stewart and Ashleigh VanNess.
In 2013, Pelotonia was one of the largest cycling events in the country with 6,723 riders from 41 states and nine countries. More than $19 million was raised last year, bringing Pelotonia's five-year total to $61.3 million raised for cancer research.
To gain more information on the event, visit www.pelotonia.org. While on the site, click on the “Donate – Specific Donation” and type in “Simonton” to pledge financial support, read the stories of team members and see how members are doing in meeting their individual fundraising goals. You can also support the Simonton team by participating as a virtual rider.