What strange times we're living in.
For the past 25 years riders have cycled 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles while raising money to support the services provided by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the LA LGBT Center. I made that journey in 2018 and 2019 and it was life changing. This year I was planning on volunteering my time as a Roadie instead of riding. I've so been looking forward to dressing up in silly costumes and feeding riders every day at Rest Stop 2.
Sadly, the coronavirus pandemic forced organizers to cancel the ride. Along with that cancellation came the loss of millions of dollars in donations to these centers and the work they do.
Living in Los Angeles, my fundraising efforts go to the LA LGBT center. Last year the LA LGBT center opened a groundbreaking new campus with a beautiful senior center, an amazing youth center and homeless shelter. Additionally, they have been building, and plan to open affordable senior housing this year. When I say the ride cancellation cost them millions of dollars I'm talking in the neighborhood of $10 million. Last year the ride raised close to $17 million and this year we'd only reached $5 million when the organizers were forced to cancel.
So this year I pledge to feed at least 545 families in need between now and May 30, 2020. I'll be volunteering at foodbanks around LA County and distribute food to families who have lost jobs and/or have children who relied on their school lunches for daily nutrition. I'll be doing this in honor of the LA LGBT Center and the efforts it makes to help one of Los Angeles' most vunerable populations. If you are able please help support my efforts by contributing to the cause. Every little bit helps. No contribution is too small.
**UPDATE** As the weeks continue I've revised my pledge to 10x 545 or 5,450 families fed. Ongoing updates on Instagram @angybby