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Providence St. Mary Foundation’s Gran Fondo raises $39,000

Providence St. Mary Foundation’s 2018 Gran Fondo raised more than $39,000 during the Sept. 22 fund-raiser

Walla Walla, Washington (October 15, 2018) - Proceeds will benefit the Cancer Special Needs Fund of Providence St. Mary Foundation, which directly supports Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center patients.

Providence St. Mary Foundation’s Gran Fondo raises $39,000

“A cancer diagnosis is both emotionally and financially draining on a family. The special needs fund bridges the gap for patients who may not be able to afford basic necessities as they undergo treatment. Patients in financial need can receive help with utilities, rent, gas, food and the many expenses that aren’t covered by insurance,” Nikki Ostergaard, foundation marketing and communication.

Close to 400 people turned out for the 14th annual event that has been transformed into a Gran Fondo which is headquartered at Burwood Brewing Company near the Walla Walla Regional Airport. Title sponsor was Jackson Contractor Group, Inc.

Participants in the event chose from two cycling routes of 35 and 65 miles and a fun run/walk with a 1-mile walk option. A festival afterward offered live music, food and handcrafted beverages from Burwood Brewing. Gran Fondo passports allowed holder to visit airport area partners for special offers and treats from Sept. 22-30. Those who complete their passports are entered in a drawing to win two round-trip tickets on Alaska Airlines.

Coordination and planning involved the event committee, volunteers and partners/sponsors including Burwood, Jackson Contractor Group, Alaska Airlines, Brainlab Inc., Brookdale, Columbia REA, Garrett Electric, InCyte Diagnostics, Key Technology, Pacific Power, Perkins Coie, Regency at the Park, Walla Walla Valley Honda, Burwood Brewing Co., Cars.com, Tate Transportation, Walla Walla Roastery, Adamant Cellars, Brushes ‘N’ Brix, Builder’s Resupply, Buty Winery, CAVU Cellars, DeBouche, Dunham Cellars, Drink Washington State & Eternal Wines, Hidden Valley Bakery and SYZYGY Wines.

For more information, please visit: https://washington.providence.org/donate/providence-st-mary-foundation/events/gran-fondo