Toluca Lake, CA - November 10, '08 - - Saturday night, November 22nd will be the kick-off fundraising event for the Southern California cousin of the enormously successful NorCal High School Mountain Bike Racing League.
Held at the famous Ca Del Sole Italian Restaurant near Burbank, the Benefit Dinner will feature celebrity cycling speakers and hosts, a silent auction of impressive cycling and non-cycling related items, a fine Italian dining experience, and most importantly an opportunity to support the growth of a cycling curriculum throughout hundreds of high-schools in Southern California.
MEET MATT FRITZINGER
Founded in 2001 by Berkeley High School teacher Matt Fritzinger, the the NorCal League has grown to over 400 racers, at over 38 schools. The League provides resources for teachers, coaches, parents and of course the kids, to start their own Interscholastic Mountain Bike Team and compete against other schools in their region.
"The success and support of the League in NorCal has been so great over the last eight years, that we've been able to really dial in our program as a template to get kids anywhere to be able to start Mountain Biking programs at their schools," states Fritzinger. "We decided to expand our program South, and with the help of Founding President Quintin Easton have created the SoCal League."
"We need people to come to this dinner to support, learn, and help expand our efforts to get kids riding bikes," states Easton. "Our experience shows that the kids want to do it, and when we provide the infrastructure, they thrive."
MASTER OF CEREMONIES GARY FISHER
Modern Mountain Bike Pioneer Gary Fisher will be the official MC of the night, providing quips and commentary of the various activities that will be taking place during the dinner and auction.
"Having grown up racing bikes since I was a kid, starting a bike company when I got older, and continuing to ride as much as I can, I know the value of having cycling available as a sporting option for kids," commented Fisher. "In the future they will ask 'How did Bike racing become a major sport in the USA?' the High School MTB league was what made the difference."
GUEST OF HONOR TONY CRUZ
Current BMC and former Discovery Channel professional racer Tony Cruz will be the Official Guest of Honor for the gala event at Ca Del Sole.
"I'm so honored to be a part of this movement," said Tony. "While the adult segment of cycling is booming, it seems to me that in general, the junior programs have not gotten the attention they need here in the United States. What the SoCal League is doing fits right into my mindset and future - creating an exciting, fun, positive outlet for kids through cycling. Come to the dinner and let's make plans to create a thriving cycling culture for tomorrows Pro's."
CYCLE FEST SILENT AUCTION
A silent auction benefiting the SoCal League will be announced next week, and online bids will be accepted until the dinner on the 22nd, after which silent bids will be allowed. Make sure you are at the dinner to get the best chance on the best items while supporting the future of cycling in America.
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW AT SOCALDIRT.ORG
Extremely limited seating availability is now open for purchase at SoCalDirt.org for $125 a seat, or $1500 a table (10 seats + VIP perks.) Go to the website to purchase your tickets before the event sells out.
For more information on the Cycle Fest 2008 Benefit Dinner and Auction, contact Elizabeth at Elizabeth@SoCalDirt.org. We look forward to your attending this unique and ground-breaking event to kick-off junior-level mountain biking in Southern California.
About the Southern California Interscholastic Cycling League
The SoCal Interscholastic Cycling League was organized to provide a well defined race season for junior racers and to promote the formation of teams at public and private high schools. With the cooperation of local race promoters and our sponsors we are putting together a first class series of races designed for high school aged riders. The League is working to make high school racing the easiest way for juniors to get involved in the challenging and exciting world of competitive cycling.
The SoCal League was founded via a generous grant from the Easton Sports Development Foundation II (ESDF II). For more information on the League, contact Quintin Easton at email@example.com and 949.285.0316
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