Webster, Mass. – June 10, 2013 – The first ever Harrington HealthCare bike ride fundraiser, held Sunday, June 9 at its 340 Thompson Road campus, surpassed its goal of $50,000 to contribute to the capital campaign to rebuild the Emergency Department at its Webster facility.
More than 80 riders registered and hit the pavement in four separate course waves – 100 miles, 62 miles, 30 miles and 12 miles. The ride took cycling enthusiasts and recreational bikers on the country roads of Northeastern Connecticut and South Central Massachusetts. The longest route allowed riders to fuel up at four different rest stations – the furthest being the Harrington Physician Services office in Spencer. Rest stops were manned by volunteers from Harrington, Country Bank and Savers Bank.
“We’re very heartened at the tremendous support we’ve received from the community,” said Edward Moore, Harrington President and CEO. “We’ve exceeded our expectations, raising more than $66,000. People throughout the community turned out to either ride or donate to our participants. The money raised at this wonderful event brings us closer to building an emergency department that will serve generations to come.”
Riders were invited to an after party generously hosted by Point Breeze Restaurant, which included a buffet luncheon, live entertainment by Polski Deejay services, beer tastings by Marty’s Liquors and desserts customized by Cakettes Bakery.
The Ride to Rebuild was sponsored by a number of local businesses and organizations, including Southbridge Indoor Cycling, Yankee Shopper, M& Medical Supply, Big Bunny Supermarket; Klem’s, Savers Bank, Tasse’s Fuel, Country Bank, Ronnie’s Seafood, Commerce Bank, Karl Storz, O’Connor Insurance, The PFM Group and MedExchange.
The $8.8 million capital campaign officially launched in March 2012 and has a $4 million anonymous matching gift. To date, the campaign – with the match – has raised more than $2.8 million. Last week, Senator Richard Moore announced the state senate budget included a $1.5 million provision to help fund the campaign. The anonymous donor would also match any state funds Harrington receives. Harrington expects to break ground on the project this fall.
The event website, www.ridetorebuild.kintera.org, remains open for additional donations.