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VIEW PHOTOS | Pedaling for A Purpose with AV 200 @ Urban Body Fitness

imageSadly, there were no toned cyclists in Spandex nor shirtless firefighters. But there was plenty of fundraising happening at Pedaling for a Purpose, an event raising money for the upcoming AIDS Vaccine 200.

The two-day cycling event, set for May 22-23, is itself an annual occasion that raises money for the Emory Vaccine Center. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

On April 17, organizers of the AV 200 — Action Cycling Atlanta — hosted their annual Pedaling for A Purpose fundraiser at Urban Body Fitness. It’s an upscale silent auction and all-around fun evening that last year featured a fashion show and a collection of bare-chested Atlanta firefighters. No such fireworks at the event earlier this month, but nevertheless there were tunes from DJ Todd Skelton, an open bar and tasty hors d’oeuvres courtesy Bridge Catering.

imageBack to the AV 200: Since its inception in 2003, the 200-mile trek through North Georgia has raised $575,000 for the Emory Vaccine Center.

Last year, 85 riders helped raise $175,000 for the vaccine center, a blistering amount that surpassed the $106,000 raised in 2008.

So far, more than $80,000 has been raised for the cycling event this year.

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