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YMCA's inaugural Tour de Hope deemed a success


Abe-Koga

The El Camino YMCA’s inaugural Tour de Hope cycling fundraiser Aug. 1 generated $4,800 for the nonprofit Hope’s Corner in Mountain View.

Six teams participated in the event, which involved a stationary bike competition among two- and three-person teams trying to pedal the most miles over 90 minutes. The names of winners Vin Wolff and Chris MacAskill will appear on the Tour de Hope Cup, an oversized stainless-steel measuring cup.

Two company teams competed – one from Humu and the other from Fenwick & West – and other teams comprised Hope’s Corner volunteers and their friends and family. Mountain View Councilwoman Margaret Abe-Koga used her spin-cycling expertise serving as master of ceremonies and cheering on participants.

Participants were entered in a raffle that featured gift certificates from Mountain View businesses, including Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria; Cafe Baklava; Cognition Cyclery; Dana Street Roasting Company; DoorDash; Flights; Frankie, Johnnie & Luigi Too; Kelly’s Healing Massage; Pizza My Heart; and Scratch.

The event was the brainchild of Humu staff, who wanted to partner with Hope’s Corner to host a fundraiser. Humu, located in downtown Mountain View, makes products for improving workplaces. Hope’s Corner provides free showers, breakfasts and sack lunches for homeless, low-income and vulnerable residents at its location at the corner of Hope and Mercy streets.

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