Gulf Place, FL- The Witches of South Walton are set to host the 15th Annual Witch Ride on Wednesday, October 31, to support the mission of local nonprofit, the Children’s Volunteer Health Network, or CVHN.
“Since we started this ride in 2004 with just three riders, the event continues to grow,” said Erin Chekaoui of the Witches of South Walton. “Last year, we had 233 riders and were able to raise more than 8,800 dollars for CVHN, and this year, we expect to do more.”
Beginning at 7 a.m. sharp at the Gulf Place Amphitheater, this annual fundraiser will head West on 30A for about 1.5 miles before looping back around 8 a.m. to end at Shunk Gulley for the Gathering Brunch.
“This year, we have a goal of reaching 10,000 dollars,” said Stephen Brinker. “With new sponsorship opportunities, a more cohesive raffle and silent auction, as well as additional riders, we should be able to make that goal a reality.”
For 40 dollars in advance and 50 dollars the morning of, ticketed riders can expect to enjoy a leisurely morning bike ride followed by the Gathering Brunch, which includes delicious food and beverages from Shunk Gulley. Plus, there will be the opportunity to win incredible raffle and silent auction items.
Those participating can bring their own bike or rent one from Big Daddy’s Bike Shop. All participants should be at the Gulf Place Amphitheater by 6 a.m. the morning of the ride.
“We have participants come in town from all over the country, and every year, riders rave about how much fun this event is,” said Carol Stafford. “Nothing gets you in the spirit of Halloween like dressing as a witch and riding your bike down Highway 30A. We get lots of honks and give lots of cackles!”
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CHILDREN'S VOLUNTEER HEALTH NETWORK, INC. (CVHN), is a faith-based 501(c)(3) organization, established in 2005 in response to Walton and Okaloosa County's large population of low-income families unable to access high-quality health services due to the unavailability (or inadequacy) of insurance. The mission of CVHN is to improve the health and well-being of children in need. CVHN strives towards this mission by utilizing a network of over 95 local, volunteer physicians, dentists, and other healthcare providers. CVHN also operates the 'Just for Grins' Mobile Dental Clinic, which visits local elementary schools and other non-profits, and the CVHN Dental Clinic in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. All services are free to children enrolled in Walton and Okaloosa county schools on the free or reduced lunch programs. The vision of CVHN is for all God’s children to be healthy, happy and see their futures as limitless. Until that day, there is more work to be done. For more information, call 850-622-3200 or visit www.cvhnkids.org.
The Witches of South Walton is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization founded by Carol Stafford and Lee Thompson dedicated to raise money for the Children’s Volunteer Health Network. The inaugural ride was held Oct. 31, 2004 with three friends turning their routine exercise into a fun, festive ride down Highway 30A.