DUARTE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The real estate industry’s premier biking event, City of Hope’s Bike to Hope will be held Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, in Petaluma, California. Presented by SB Architects and lead supporter Hudson Pacific Properties, the ride is expected to sell out, keeping with its track record of annual growth including attracting over 250 riders in 2016. Prospective riders are encouraged to sign up online for the event that will start and end at Penngrove Park in Petaluma. Cyclists have two course options aimed to accommodate most every skill and ability. All registration and fundraising dollars go directly to City of Hope, the world-renowned medical, scientific research and treatment center.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available to be included on jerseys and certain collateral.
“We are thrilled to continue as the Presenting Sponsor for this year’s City of Hope Bike to Hope event,” says Bruce Wright, vice president and principal of SB Architects. “Since our founding, we have felt the only mission worth pursuing in business is to make people’s lives better. Our passion and commitment to architectural design excellence, paired with our continued involvement with Bike to Hope and giving back to a great cause, allows us to fulfill this mission.”
Bike to Hope will feature two course options, a metric century and a half-metric century, to cater to the industry’s seasoned as well as casual riders alike. Both routes will take the cyclists through the back roads of Sonoma County, culminating with celebratory brews and barbecue at Penngrove Park.
“We have dozens of folks already signed up, so I encourage interested sponsors and riders to sign up immediately,” says ride chair Wally Naylor of Pankow Builders. “It’s great networking, too, in a sport that’s called ‘the new golf.’ The camaraderie of friends and new acquaintances among hundreds of people and dozens of companies makes for an added benefit.”
Riders will be equipped with an automatically-generated personalized fundraising website, enabling them to raise additional funds from their peers to benefit City of Hope’s cancer and diabetes programs.
“Our Northern California Real Estate & Construction Council is dedicated to finding a cure for cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The personalized websites enable us to generate even more donations to City of Hope and that is exactly what Bike to Hope is about,” says Naylor.
Along with SB Architects and Hudson Pacific, other top sponsors to date include construction firms Nibbi Brothers General Contractors, Pankow Builders, Cooper Pugeda, Hensel-Phelps, Hansel-Phelps, Plant Construction Company, Romak, Sunset Development Co., Trammel Crow Residential and WCI-GC — with room for more. Sponsorship levels are available and include branding and marketing opportunities on jerseys, media and collateral, as well as other visibility.
About the Real Estate & Construction Council
The Real Estate & Construction Council was founded in 1986 when a banquet was arranged by a group of real estate and construction industry leaders to honor Dan Costello, Bank of America’s former executive vice president of its corporate real estate division. Throughout its history, the Real Estate & Construction Council has brought together a cross section of industries representing real estate and construction professionals, brokers, building owners, developers and consultants on behalf of a single philanthropic goal: supporting the lifesaving treatment and compassionate care of City of Hope. To date, the Real Estate & Construction Council has raised more than $10 million for City of Hope making this industry alliance one of the premier fundraising groups in the region.
About City of Hope
City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as one of only 49 comprehensive cancer centers, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the world. City of Hope is located in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, with community clinics throughout Southern California. It is ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation, diabetes and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs based on technology developed at the institution.