Due to COVID-19, the Hill Country Ride for AIDS has decided to suspend all in-person gatherings for the season and move the 2020 fundraiser to a virtual event from April through June 30, 2020.
This includes the 21st Annual Opening Ceremonies on FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2020, the 21st Annual Hill Country Ride for AIDS on SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2020, and all remaining JoyRides.
When it is safe to do so, the Ride will host a celebration of the year’s successes, the hard work of their beneficiaries, and the resiliency of their Community of Kindness (participants).
Taylor Stockett, Executive Director, issued the following statement:
“While we are heartbroken to not be able to have the Ride at Krause Springs this year, participant safety is our top priority. We are a strong, resilient Community of Kindness, and I ask our supporters to be especially generous this year as our beneficiary agencies respond to this ongoing health crisis. They need our support now more than ever before.
“This is an obvious disappointment for the Ride and for all of our Volunteers and Riders, but we look forward to meeting this challenge with new virtual fundraising opportunities, new fundraising incentives, and new ways of connecting with you and our mission.
“This is a critical time for not only the Ride, but also for the beneficiaries we support and the clients they serve. We will continue fundraising through the end of our fiscal year (June 30, 2020) in order to give our beneficiaries the necessary funds to deal with the additional expenses of this outbreak and continue to provide live-saving services for those in need.
“We are encouraged by the fact that our community has faced adversity before. In fact, we were founded to address and respond to a health crisis. We have met these challenges head-on and raised over $10,000,000 in the last 20 years! We have dealt with isolation, fear, grief, and the unknown by creating a community of kindness to support those most susceptible to the effects of a health crisis. We are well equipped to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in a way that raises support for the clients of our beneficiary agencies.”