Cycle Chautauqua Bike Tour Scheduled For Aug. 18

CELORON-On Sunday, Aug. 18, the Southwestern Schools Education Foundation will present the second annual Cycle Chautauqua Bike Tour. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Southwestern Schools Education Foundation Endowment Fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and other school initiatives.

For $25 riders may choose from one of three specially designed rides: a 23-mile half Chautauqua Lake ride with free crossing at the Bemus-Stow Ferry, a 43-mile full Chautauqua Lake ride to Mayville Park and back, or a new 60-mile ride to Westfield and back along Routes 394 and 430. All rides begin and end at Lucille Ball Memorial Park in Celoron.

Advanced registration is available until Aug. 9. Riders may register online at or by calling Lori Radack, Southwestern Schools Education Foundation president at 640-8340. Same day registration is also available with the appropriate method of payment (cash, check or credit card).

Rest stop sponsorships are available to all local businesses. Any donations of fresh fruit, water and energy bars would be greatly appreciated. Volunteers are also needed to assist with rest stops and lunch after the tour.

The 2012 bicycling event was well-attended with more than 75 riders. This event is one of many successful fundraisers to support school initiatives. In the past, proceeds have benefitted student scholarships, teacher innovation grants, science labs, athletic and musical projects, and growth for the long-term endowment fund administered by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. By partnering with the foundation, donations made to these fundraisers are tax-deductible.

For more information about the work being done by the Education Foundation, visit their website at

For more information about establishing an endowment fund or supporting one that is already in place, contact the Community Foundation at 661-3390 or visit