PHOTOS: Proceeds from the Ferdinand Folk Fest Fondo Given to Sisters of St. Benedict

DSC_0911From Whitney Hall/DC Multisport

Ferdinand, IN (November 12, 2013) – Tuesday morning at the Monastery Immaculate Conception, Sisters and key partners for the Ferdinand Folk Fest Fondo and the Family Scholar House gathered around as proceeds from the inaugural Ferdinand Folk Fest Fondo was awarded to the Sisters of St. Benedict.

Kevin Manley and Chris Welp, both DC Multisport board members and committee members for the cycling event, presented a check in the amount of $5,071 to Sister Barbara C. Schmitz and Sister Barbara L. Schmitz, Sisters of the Monastery Immaculate Conception and representatives for the Family Scholar House Program.

Ferdinand Folk Fest Fondo sponsors and community partners were thanked, including Dubois County Visitors Center; Randy Norris Mind, Body, Spirit Endowment; Ferdinand News; Ferdinand Heimatfest; Ferdinand Chamber of Commerce; Old National Bank; German American Bank; and All Star Sports. Their support and generosity made this event and charitable donation possible.

After completion of the Ferdinand Folk Fest Fondo, the committee was very pleased with the feedback that the cyclists gave about the great routes showcased during the ride. 77 cyclists participated in this first year event—some from as far away as Tennessee and Lafayette, Indiana.

Proceeds from the event were given to the Sisters of St. Benedict for their Family Scholar House program. The program seeks to provide academic advising, case management, family support, community activities, connection to other resources, peer support, and eventually, housing, for qualifying single-parent students. It predominantly serves women, often single mothers, who are unemployed or underemployed and desire additional education and career opportunities.

DC Multisport has had a successful 2013, completing three events this year, including the 2nd annual Heartland Half Marathon—5K, the first Dubois County Youth Triathlon, and the inaugural Ferdinand Folk Fest Fondo cycling event.

DC Multisport’s mission is to promote Health & Wellness while giving back to our communities. To achieve a more philanthropic role, each event has a benefactor with proceeds going to a charitable cause. Along with the Ferdinand Folk Fest Fondo proceeds of $5071 given to the Sisters of St. Benedict, recently, DC Multisport presented a check to the Phillip R. Dawkins Heart & Vascular Center from Heartland Half Marathon’s proceeds, totaling $13,062.00. The Dubois County Youth Triathlon’s benefactor was Mentors for Youth, and DC Multisport was able to present a check for $500.00 from the proceeds of that event. Total contributions in these three events, including the proceeds from the inaugural Heartland Half Marathon-5K in 2012, total $32,395.00 that DC Multisport has been able to give back to our communities.

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