There won’t be bare chested Atlanta firefighters this time, but organizers of an Action Cycling 200 silent auction and fundraiser on Saturday still promise a good time for those who attend.
The event, in its second year, does offer a considerable list of benefits in exchange for a $15 cover: open bar, hors d’oeuvres, tunes from DJ Todd Skelton and a silent auction to help part with more of your hard-earned money for a good cause.
All of the funds raised during the three-hour Pedaling for a Purpose on Saturday support AV200, which is an annual two-day bike ride through North Georgia organized by Action Cycling Atlanta. The event has raised $575,000 for the Emory Vaccine Center since its inception in 2003.
Last year, 85 riders helped raise $175,000 for the vaccine center, a blistering amount that surpassed the $106,000 raised in 2008. But then again, their silent auction last year also included four firefighters in a mini-fashion show who later posed shirtless to pitch their own charity calendar (second photo). That probably helped spike both fundraising that night and interest in the cycling event.
So far, nearly $56,000 has been raised for the cycling event this year, which is set for May 22-23.