Ride for Refuge: A Great Success Story! 

By RST Staff                                                                                                                                                                          February 24, 2014

Ride for Refuge 2014, the bicycle fundraiser hosted by Refugee Services of Texas and held in Austin on Saturday, February 8, was an enormous success. RST surpassed its fundraising goal of $25,000 with $24,260 donated through the website and another $2,800 collected at the event for a total of over $27,000 to support RST's work. The event itself was also well-executed, with over 220 riders and volunteers enjoying the live music, food, draft beer, and good spirits all around. Special thanks go to Ride sponsors and the local community for their support and participation to reach this successful outcome that will greatly benefit RST and our clients for the coming year.

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The Ride could not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors and Yellow Bike Project for offering its space as the venue.

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The money raised through Ride for Refuge 2014 goes directly to support vulnerable families and individuals in need of additional assistance and enhance current programming. The Ride was an immensely successful fundraiser that will greatly benefit RST and our clients for the coming year.

[Select photos by Carol Smith]

Penny and Sparrow, a local band, performed at the event.

Penny and Sparrow, a local band, performed at the event.

RST Austin Area Director Erica Schmidt facilitated the raffle drawing, which included prizes such as gift cards for various Austin businesses and a one-night stay at the Driskill Hotel.

RST Austin Area Director Erica Schmidt facilitated the raffle drawing, which included prizes such as gift cards for various Austin businesses and a one-night stay at the Driskill Hotel.

Riders had a choice of 3 routes, with distances of 10, 25, and 60 miles.

Riders had a choice of 3 routes, with distances of 10, 25, and 60 miles.

RST CEO Aaron Rippenkroeger (right) and Patrick Jones, who helped coordinate the RIde, pose in front of the Yellow Bike Project.

RST CEO Aaron Rippenkroeger (right) and Patrick Jones, who helped coordinate the RIde, pose in front of the Yellow Bike Project.

 
 
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More than 220 riders and volunteers helped make Saturday a great success!

More than 220 riders and volunteers helped make Saturday a great success!