The First-Ever Variety Ride Raised over $10,500

Nearly 60 riders came out for the inaugural Variety Ride on August 26th, and the event raised over $10,500 for the Variety Kids Telethon. Thanks to all our sponsors, volunteers, and riders for making the Ride a success!

Kelly Hoffman, with younger brother Jacob (left) and twin Kyle (right), along with parents Brian and Stacy and Variety board member Carol McMahon

We kicked off the event with our 2017 Celebrity Family, the Hoffmans, and Twin Kelly showed off her biking skills by taking a spin on an Adaptive Bicycle. Then Kelly, joined by Honorary Ride Leader Frank Darlack, head of Kaleida’s Pediatric Trauma Program, led the riders on their way to the 10-mile route.

Riders went on a 10-mile ride past important Variety landmarks, including Nichols School, where the Youth Hockey Program is held, the old Children’s Hospital on Bryant St., the JCC, and the medical corridor with the new Variety Tent #7 Robert Warner Rehab Center.

A Buffalo Police motorcade accompanied riders along the route, which went from Carlton St. in the Fruitbelt up to Delaware Park and back, passing by important landmarks that highlight the impact of Variety on the community.

The Youth Hockey Program, run by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo, is held at the Nichols School ice rink.

The Ride ended back on Carlton St. for the after party, where there was some live music and food trucks. Variety presented a Community Service Award to Reverend Darius Pridgen for his commitment to the Telethon, which was accepted on Darius’ behalf by Rob Lowery of True Bethel Church and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo. The event wrapped up with raffling off two bicycles, provided by the Police Athletic League, which was also on-hand before the ride to provide helmets to riders that needed them. Click through our album for more photos of the event!

Many thanks to our sponsors for their support!