Colo. Springs non-profit schedules fundraiser to benefit low income families

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The numbers aren’t in yet, but one local non-profit organization’s recent fundraiser has the company employees looking forward to continued success next year.

SET — which stands for Service, Empowerment and Transformation — decided its first fundraiser would be a community bike ride on August 25. With a starting point at the office at 2316 N. Nevada Ave., a five-mile family loop and 10- and 15-mile loop were offered. The cost for pre-registered individual participants was $30 and $70 for a family of three. Prices went to $35 and $75 the day of the ride with nearly 85 participants the day of the ride.

Revenue numbers from riders are not yet available, said SET volunteer coordinator Becky Hill, but sponsorships brought in nearly $20,000. All profits will go back into servicing SET’s programs such as health equipment, medication and classes as well as expand its services.

The 11-year-old 501 (C) 3 organization was established to provide holistic services and basic medical care to low income people in the Pikes Peak region. It employs seven people and garners about 100 volunteers. It mainly caters to seniors by providing health care assessments and offering health education classes.

“I really do feel it (the ride) was successful and a great way for families to come together and have fun, have a healthy outdoor activity and give back to the community at the same time,” said Hill.

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