Nature Valley Bicycle Festival Donates $15,000 to Children's Lighthouse

For Immediate Release

Katie Lindenfelser, Children's Lighthouse of Minnesota • 763-587-1152

Jean Freidl, Nature Valley Bicycle Festival • 651-247-2685

Nature Valley Bicycle Festival Donates $15,000 to Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota

December 9, 2013 – Minneapolis, Minnesota –The Nature Valley Bicycle Festival donated $15,000 to Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota tonight from the proceeds of the 2013 festival. The funds will be used to help build a children's hospice and respite care home in the Twin Cities to serve children throughout the upper Midwest who have a shortened life-expectancy and their families. While there are over 4,700 hospice homes for adults in the United States, there are only 3 for children, located in San Francisco, Phoenix and Baltimore. Organizers of the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival also announced that Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota would continue as their benefiting charity in 2014.

“Since our inception in 1999 our festival consists of hundreds of volunteers, and when coupled with our generous sponsors, it allows us to infuse dollars back into our community. We want to help build awareness of the need for this dedicated children's respite and hospice home in our community. The publicity around the festival allows us to help our community became aware of Children's Lighthouse of Minnesota's mission, and our hope is that they’d step forward to financially support building this home as well,” said Festival Director, David LaPorte. 

A dedicated group of about 100 volunteers make up the core planning committee for the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival, who donate their time each year so that a local charity can receive proceeds from the Festival events that stretch from the Twin Cities to Cannon Falls, Stillwater and Menomonie, WI. Over 800 total volunteer roles are filled each year to help transform city streets to be race-ready in less than three hours during the days of the Festival.
“We are honored to partner with the Festival as it's another avenue to help build awareness of our mission in the communities we will one day serve,” said Katie Lindenfelser, Executive Director of Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota.

About Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota
The mission of Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota is to offer child and family-focused respite and end-of-life care to children with a shortened life-expectancy. Children’s hospice and respite care homes around theworld are primarily funded by community philanthropy and Children’s Lighthouse believes that Minnesotans have the means to make this home a reality for children and families here, too. Children’s Lighthouse is a non-profit 501(c)(3).

About the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival
Now in it's 16th year, the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival is an eleven-day celebration of bicycling that includes amateur and professional racing and community events. The Festival included the Minnesota Fixed Gear Classic at the National Sports Center Velodrome, followed by the marquee event, the Nature Valley Grand Prix. The stage race has become the top event on the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar, attracting top American and international racing teams nad nearly 300 top riders from around the world. The Festival also includes activities such as kids' fun races, recreational rides, stunt rider shows, lifestyle expos and live music to celebrate the cycling culture. Major sponsors of the event include Nature Valley, Excel Energy and Optum. For more information, visit