The Witches of South Walton are hosting the 16th Annual Witch Ride presented by Pizza by the Sea, on Wednesday, October 31st to support the mission of local nonprofit, the Children’s Volunteer Health Network, (CVHN).
“When our founders started the ride in 2004, it was just three of them. It’s hard to believe that we have grown to around 350 riders and many more followers,” said Stephen Brinker of the Witches of South Walton. “Our little ride has inspired others around the U.S. to start up rides of their own. We raised more than $15,000 for CVHN. The rides elsewhere raise money for their own charities. It’s great to see something as simple as riding a bike can help so many in need.”
Participants can bring their own bike or rent one from one of the bike rental partners. All should be at the Gulf Place Amphitheater by 6 a.m. the morning of the ride.
The Witches will be leaving the Gulf Place Amphitheater at 7 a.m. sharp, heading west along 30A for about 1.5 miles before looping back for the gathering brunch shortly after 8 a.m.Ticketed riders can expect to enjoy a leisurely morning bike ride followed by brunch, which includes delicious food and beverages, the opportunity to win incredible raffle and silent auction items, and compete in the Best Dress, Most Witchy Cackle & Best Broom (bike) decor competitions.
The event is limited to the first 350 people who register. Advanced registration is open for a fee of $50. A t-shirt and early raffle tickets are also available for purchase. If the limit for brunch is reached before the event, Day-of registration may be available for the ride only.
“We have participants come in town from all over the country, and every year, riders rave about how much fun this event is,” said Carol Stafford, a ride founder. “Nothing gets you in the spirit of Halloween like dressing as a witch and riding your bike down Highway 30A. We get lots of honks and give lots of cackles!”
To purchase your ride ticket visit www.WitchRide.com or to learn more about the Witches and our events, visit www.WitchesOfSouthWalton.com , Facebook, or Instagram.
CHILDREN’S VOLUNTEER HEALTH NETWORK, INC. (CVHN) is a faith-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, established in 2005 in response to Walton and Okaloosa Counties’ large population of low-income families unable to access high-quality health services due to the unavailability or inadequacy of insurance. The mission of CVHN is to improve the health and well-being of children in need. CVHN offers free access to dental and vision care to students eligible for Medicaid or currently enrolled in free or reduced lunch programs. The mobile dental clinic travels to local elementary schools and other charity partners to provide preventive dental services. CVHN also partners with Optikk 30A to provide students in need with a professional eye exam and a pair of prescription glasses.
For more information, please call 850-322-6200 or visit www.cvhnkids.org.
The Witches of South Walton is a florida nonprofit organization founded by Carol Stafford and Lee Thompson dedicated to raise money for the Children’s Volunteer Health Network. The inaugural ride was held Oct. 31, 2004 with three friends turning their routine exercise into a fun and festive ride down highway 30a.
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