Fondo Proceeds Presented to Sisters of St. Benedict

Kevin Manley (right center) presenting the proceeds check to Sister Barbara Schmitz (holding the check) Photo: Dubois County Visitors Center & Tourism Commission

Kevin Manley (right center) presenting the proceeds check to Sister Barbara Schmitz (holding the check)
Photo: Dubois County Visitors Center & Tourism Commission

Ferdinand (Dubois Co. Visitors Center & Tourism) – 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 second annual Ferdinand Folk Fest Fondo were 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 $5,615 to Sisters of the Monastery Immaculate Conception and representatives for the Family Scholar House Program (see picture).

Ferdinand Folk Fest Fondo sponsors and community partners were thanked, including Dubois County Visitors Center; Randy Norris Mind, Body, & Spirit Community Foundation Endowment; and Jasper Engines & Transmissions. 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. Eighty-eight cyclists participated in this second year event. Participants came from Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, Tennessee, and Indiana.

Proceeds from the event were given to the Sisters of St. Benedict for their Family Scholar House program. The Family Scholar House is changing lives, families and communities through education, case management, family support, and eventually, housing, for qualifying single-parents. Their mission is to end the cycle of poverty and transform our community by empowering families and youth to succeed in education and achieve life-long self-sufficiency. Currently, the Sisters of St. Benedict’s Family Scholar House program is helping sixty-five families.

DC Multisport has had a successful 2014, completing four events this year, including the third annual Heartland Half Marathon—5K, the second annual Dubois County Youth Triathlon, the annual Strassenfest Bicycle Ride, and the second annual 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 $5,615 given to the Sisters of St. Benedict, recently, DC Multisport presented a check to the Lange Fuhs Cancer Center and the Phillip R. Dawkins Heart & Vascular Center from Heartland Half Marathon’s proceeds, totaling $23,603. The Dubois County Youth Triathlon’s benefactor was Mentors for Youth, and DC Multisport was able to present a check for $750 from the proceeds of that event.

In total, DC Multisport has been able to give $67,579.92 to community causes since its first event, the 2012 Heartland Half Marathon.

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