Ride Allegheny Crosses the Finish Line with $2 Million Donated to Veterans


For Immediate Release                                     October 2, 2016

Contacts: Clark Wagner (301.512.5337) and Tim Sanders (949.391.0132)

Ride Allegheny celebrates $2 million in funds raised for veterans’ charity

Helping Operation Second Chance to provide emergency assistance to wounded, injured, and ill combat veterans.

GAITHERSBURG, MD        – On October 2, 2016 over 100 bicyclists will cross the finish line after a 4 day, 310 mile, bicycle ride from Pittsburgh, PA to Gaithersburg, MD raising money for wounded veterans.  The group is Ride Allegheny, and their mission for the past 12 years has been to fundraise for the non-profit organization Operation Second Chance and to help our nation’s wounded heroes.  This year, however, marks a milestone for these dedicated cyclists, having brought in over $2 million dollars for the veteran service organization since 2005.


Cindy McGrew (second from right), President and Founder of Operation Second Chance, and Clark Wagner, Founder and Chairman of Ride Allegheny (right) discuss this year’s ride on WUSA9, Great Day.

Because of Ride Allegheny’s continued support, Operation Second Chance has been able to provide emergency financial assistance to thousands of wounded veterans throughout the United States.  During a time of great strain within the Department of Veteran Affairs, it’s organizations like Operation Second Chance who bridge the gap for these brave veterans until they are able to receive their retirement benefits.  “Some of these wounded heroes are waiting up to 9 months before they receive their first retirement check,” says Cindy McGrew, President and Founder of Operation Second Chance.  “While they are waiting, unable to work because of their injuries, many veterans find themselves facing eviction or utility cut off.  That is where Operation Second Chance comes in – and we wouldn’t be able to provide for them without great partners like Ride Allegheny.

“We ride because of the [veteran’s] sacrifices,” Clark Wagner, Founder and Chairman of Ride Allegheny said.  “When we heard about this non-profit supporting veterans in our area, we knew we had to partner with them and raise money for their cause; twelve years, and $2 million later, we couldn’t be happier with all that we have accomplished together,” he continued.

RA15_Day 04:  Cindy + Pete cross the finish line @ Smokey Glen Farms
Cindy McGrew (left), President and Founder of Operation Second Chance and Ride Allegheny’s Marketing Coordinator, Peter Hinz (right) cross the finish line in 2015 at Smokey Glen Farm in Gaithersburg, MD.

On September 29, 2016 the riders will meet in Pittsburgh to start the first 69 mile leg of their journey to Ohiopyle, PA; the four day ride will eventually lead them through 23 towns and cities until they reach the finish line in Gaithersburg, MD.

To learn more about Ride Allegheny, you can view their website at RideAllegheny.org or contact Clark Wagner at clarkwags@gmail.com for additional information.   If you are interested in learning more about the non-profit they support, or ways that you can help our nation’s wounded heroes, go to OperationSecondChance.org.



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