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Emmaus Client Adds to Success of "Road to Emmaus" Bike Tour

Emmaus Homes - Friday, December 28, 2018

From a September 1996 Emmaus Messenger

David Williams joined 259 other bicycle enthusiasts on Saturday, April 27 to ride in the fifth annual "Road to Emmaus" KATY Trail Bicycle Tour to benefit Emmaus Homes. This year's ride marks the fourth Emmaus bike tour in which David, an Emmaus client who lives at the Rinne Apartments on the Marthasville campus, has ridden. David is always in good form for this event since he regularly pedals around the campus and at other times along the KATY Trail.

David's participation in this event doesn't begin and end the day of the ride, but rather begins months prior when David begins collecting sponsorship dollars. Since 1993, David has collected nearly $600 in sponsorship money that further benefits Emmaus. "I like riding the trail and doing what I can to help Emmaus Homes," comments David. This year, David raised more than $154 in sponsorship dollars. He was among 55 riders who collected more than $5,600 in sponsorship money for this year's tour. The sponsorship money, combined with the event's registration fees generated more than $9,500 in net profit for Emmaus Homes.

Other Emmaus Homes clients from Marthasville and several from St. Charles also helped make the event a success by volunteering to distribute bottles of Saratoga Springs water to tour participants along the trail. Grey Eagle Distributors of St. Louis donated 300 bottles of spring water. The riders' destination was Ebenezer UCC in Augusta where a lunch of mostaccioli, deli meat sandwiches, tossed salad, cookies and fruit was served by members of the Emmaus St. Charles Auxiliary. Ruth S. of St. Charles coordinated the lunch preparation. Members of the Auxiliary and the Friends of Emmaus baked cookies for the lunch at Augusta. A brass ensemble from the Compton Heights Concert Band volunteered their time to entertain the riders during their lunch break.

Joining Grey Eagle Distributors in donating to the event were Granada Cyclery and Fitness, Fitness First, Pundmann Ford, Meyer Real Estate, Union Electric, Abbott Ambulance, Baue Funeral Homes, The Tire Factory, and Schnucks.

In the photo above, the Rev. Fred Sprenger, Chaplain for Emmaus, and client David W. stop at Dutzow for water before pedaling on to Augusta for lunch.

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