NORWALK, Conn. -- Members of the William Raveis Real Estate team and other volunteers laced up their shoes and strapped on their helmets as they walked, ran and biked to raise money for the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.
The second annual William Raveis Ride and Walk was held at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk on Sunday, Oct. 16. Around 600 people volunteered for the 25-mile or 12-mile bicycle rides, 5K walk, children’s 100-yard dash or a combination of family activities, in an effort to benefit a great cause.
Donations were submitted online to a participant or a team, with the top team earning over $61,000. Out of the 613 participants, $292, 093 were raised for cancer research.
One hundred percent of the proceeds went to the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, which identifies the brightest early-career scientists with innovative research ideas and provides them with funding to pursue new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat all forms of cancer.
“In two years, we have raised nearly $1 million for cancer research, which is awesome,” said William Raveis, the CEO and founder of William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance.
In 2015, Raveis was put in touch with the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation and after learning more about their remarkable and unique organization, a partnership was formed. In addition to the Ride and Walk event, the William Raveis Charitable Fund, established in 2004, partnered with organizations across the Northeast to provide funding and support to patients and their families affected by cancer.
“I want to thank everyone who worked on the event, all the Raveis agents, our family and friends," said Raveis.
Donations for the William Raveis Ride and Walk are still being accepted. To learn more about the event or to make a donation, visit their website.