Ride For Will

Getting Ready to RIDE! (June 13, 2015)

Getting Ready to RIDE!
(June 13, 2015)

The Fourth Annual RIDE FOR WILL was held on Saturday, June 13, 2015 in Redwood Meadows and in spite of the crazy weather it was once again a fun-filled day (filled with smiles and muddy shirts and faces!). The day started with a family bike ride at 3:00 p.m. followed by an Après Ride Barbeque, a Silent Auction for the adults and a selection of raffle items for the kids. 10 minutes after the 10kers began their ride, the dark clouds that had been taunting us off and on all morning and early afternoon opened up and showered us with all kinds of weather… rain then small hail, thunder, a sudden drop in temperature, then a drizzly rain with a slight bit of warming followed then by steady rain for a short time. Everyone came back with a nice mud stripe, a big smile and another memory. All this can only mean it must be June in Southern Alberta.

 

One hundred sixty riders showed up for the 10k or 20k ride meandering their way through Redwood Meadows onto the berm and then onto the trail past the Golf Course towards Bragg Creek. The 10k-ers turned around midway to Bragg Creek after they were greeted by Gloria and Stacey, offered refreshments and some small degree of shelter from the weather. The 20k-ers continued on to Banded Peak School where they also enjoyed refreshments compliments of Lynn Fischer and Shara Masiuk. Deborah McLaren, the Principal of Banded Peak School kindly opened the school to the riders so they could temporarily escape the weather and warm up / dry off. Thank you to Mrs. McLaren, Mrs. Fischer and Mrs. Masiuk for making Banded Peak School a fun and warm place to gather before the riders hopped back on their bikes and back into Mother Nature’s elements and Will’s weather antics on their way back to Redwood Meadows.

 

The Après Ride BBQ and Silent Auction/Raffles brought the total number of people to 300. The Ride For Will has become more than we could have ever hoped for. There is something magical and heartwarming about looking out at a crowd of people — young and old — those that live in this community that we are so blessed to call home, and friends and family that came from Calgary, Cochrane, and places afar to participate in a family bike ride and evening event in memory of our beloved son, Will.

 

The Ride For Will and the Après Ride Barbeque and Silent Auction/Raffle would not be possible without the organizers who tirelessly support us each year with hours and hours of their time planning and the MANY volunteers that so generously offer to help out on the days leading up to the event and the day of the event itself. How can we possibly thank such a large team? Everything from ride safety, event permits, sign placement and take down, tent set up and take down, the registration team, ride ambassadors (the Potlickers), many, many course marshals, the impressive refreshment stations, and our photographers.

 

Then there was Tia’s Bake Sale, Nakia and Poppy’s face painting area and the amazing loot bags that Dawn put together with all kinds of goodies for the kids. Thank you to those who helped pack up vehicles with the remnants from Registration, baked goods, prizes, etc. so Tia could continue with her Bake Sale and we could do Prizes and Giveaways at Redwood House where we would all be warm and dry. The huge effort with regards to set up and prep for the Barbeque before, during and after was so appreciated. Thanks to Faith and Elyse who manned the popular icecream bar. Thanks also to the junior raffle ticket sellers and a big thank you to Jess and Mandy who supervised that process and the Kids Raffle in the Wild Rose Room. We’d also like to thank all who donated items for the silent auction and raffles, the team who so kindly solicited and gathered the items, helped with the set up and organizing and closing and check out. Thank you to Dave and Peggy for managing the bar and thank you also to those who cleaned the kitchen and tables   throughout the night. Thanks to all who helped with registration, set up, ticket sales and to those who stayed until the end loading, packing, cleaning, closing, etc. Amazing!! To ALL of the volunteers who helped make this day a success, we trust you know who you are and we thank each and every one of you. We couldn’t have done any of this without you.

 

Of course, we need to thank ALL who attended the event; those who registered and collected pledges for the Ride, those who donated, and who purchased silent auction items and raffle tickets. This year’s Ride For Will raised approximately $33,000! Wow! Funds raised from this year’s Ride will benefit the following charities: Alberta Children’s Hospital, Alberta Health Services Parent and Sibling Grief Support Programs, Banded Peak School, STARS Air Ambulance, Easter Seals Camp Horizon, and Redwood Meadows Emergency Services.

 

We’d like to offer a special thank you to the organizers of the Ride For Will as their roles are integral to its success: BIG, BIG THANKS to Mary Starnino, Renee Deveau, Jana Hart, Delsey Harvey, and John Griffin. A special thank you to Mark and Tanya Kamachi at Admaki for their creative talents with our marketing material. We’d also like to thank the Townsite of Redwood Meadows, RMES, Rocky View and Priddis Emergency Services as well as Dave and Brenda Watt of Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine for being on hand. Thank you Bart Frasca for all your help obtaining event permits and organizing safety protocol. Please take a look at the “Thank You to Our Sponsors” board below where we have recognized our event sponsors.

 

If we’ve forgotten anyone please know it wasn’t intentional. There are so many who make the Ride For Will what it is and we are ever grateful.   The list of volunteers and donors is extensive and important to us. There would be no Ride For Will if it weren’t for all of your help and support.

 

And, finally, TO ALL OF YOU who make our Community the best place to live, we cannot thank you enough for your unwavering support of our family. Our greatest fear is that the world will forget about the boy that we think about and miss every minute of every day. On June 13th it was evident that you were there to support and remember and celebrate with us a life too short. Will was looking down upon all of us that day and though I believe that he had something to do with the weather that day I just don’t think one little guy could have created that much weather chaos! Will did, however, always enjoy having the last word. Since Will’s tragic passing, it has always been our hope that something good could come of something so tragic. There is healing for us in knowing that in Will’s memory a Community can come together to make a difference in the world.

 

We wish you all a safe and happy summer.

 

The Bouchard Family

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Will's friends support our annual Ride For Will

Will’s friends support our annual Ride For Will

 

The Third Annual Ride For Will was held on Saturday, June 14, 2014 in Redwood Meadows and once again it was a fun-filled day. The day started with a family bike ride at 3:00 p.m. followed by an Après Ride Barbeque and Silent Auction/Raffles. We were fortunate to have the weather cooperate – something that doesn’t always happen in the wet month of June. 237 riders showed up for the 10k or 20k ride meandering their way through Redwood Meadows onto the berm and then onto the trail past the Golf Course towards Bragg Creek. The 10k-ers turned around midway to Bragg Creek after they were offered refreshments and freeze pops. The 20k-ers continued on to Banded Peak School where they also enjoyed refreshments and a visit with Superman (Lynn Fischer) and Batman (Shara Masiuk). Due to the flood last June, the path past the 10k turnaround into Bragg Creek was extra bumpy and though some of the 10k-ers biked further than they’d planned everyone had fun.

 

The Après Ride BBQ and Silent Auction/Raffles brought the total number of people to 370. The Ride For Will has become more than we could have ever hoped for. There is something magical and heartwarming about looking out at a crowd of people — young and old — those that live in this community that we are so blessed to call home, and friends and family that came from Calgary, Cochrane, and places afar to participate in a family bike ride and evening event in memory of our beloved son, Will.

 

The Ride For Will and the Après Ride Barbeque and Silent Auction/Raffle would not be possible without the organizers who tirelessly support us each year with hours and hours of their time planning and the MANY volunteers that so generously offer to help out on the days leading up to the event and the day of the event itself. How can we possibly thank such a large team? Everything from ride safety, sign placement (hours of set up and take down), the registration team, tents, ride ambassadors (the Potlickers), many, many course marshals, the impressive refreshment stations, and our photographers.

 

Then there was Riley’s rock painting, Will’s Candy Factory compliments of Tia and Holly, the awesome girls who did the face painting and the incredible loot bags that Dawn stuffed with goodies for the kids. To the helpers that stayed to clean up after the Ride while most rushed to the Barbeque, thank you. The huge effort with the Barbeque before, during and after was so appreciated. Thanks to Skye and Megan who set up and looked after the icecream bar and to the helpers who set up the Wild Rose Room. There was the incredible team that brought in silent auction and raffle items, did the huge set up and sold tickets throughout the night. Amazing! A special thank you to Dave and Peggy for managing the bar for us all night. Thanks to our front table crew who were there for registration, ticket sales and others who stayed until the end taking payments. We couldn’t have done it without you. A big thank you to those who cleaned up throughout the night and the team who stayed to help clean up after and showed up the next morning to leave Redwood House spic and span and ready for the next event. Clean up is never a fun job and we really appreciate those who stepped up for this. To ALL of the volunteers who helped make this day a success, we trust you know who you are and we thank each and every one of you.

 

Of course, we need to thank ALL who attended the event; those who registered and collected pledges for the Ride, those who donated, and who purchased silent auction items and raffle tickets. Approximately $48,000 was raised for the Will Bouchard Memorial Foundation. Wow! Funds raised from this year’s Ride will benefit the Will Bouchard Memorial Foundation’s support of the following charities:Alberta Children’s Hospital, Alberta Health Services Parent and Sibling Grief Support Programs,Banded Peak School, STARS Air Ambulance, Easter Seals Camp Horizon, and Redwood Meadows Emergency Services.

 

We’d like to offer a special thank you to the organizers of the Ride For Will as their roles are integral to its success: Thank you Mary Starnino, Renee Deveau, Jana Hart, Delsey Harvey, and John Griffin. A special thank you to Mark and Tanya Kamachi at Admaki for their creative talents with our marketing material. We’d also like to thank the Townsite of Redwood Meadows and Rocky View and Priddis Emergency Services as well as Dave and Brenda Watt of Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine for being on hand. In addition to all the companies and individuals listed on the “Thank You to Our Sponsors” board below we’d like to thank the Labyrinth Fund for their generous donation and Syncon Management Ltd. for their support as well. If we’ve forgotten anyone please know it wasn’t intentional. There are so many who make the Ride For Will what it is and we are ever grateful.

 

TO ALL OF YOU, we cannot thank you enough for your unwavering support of our family. Our greatest fear is that the world will forget about the boy that we think about and miss every minute of every day. On June 14th it was evident that you were there to support and remember and celebrate a life too short. Will was looking down upon all of us that day with his signature smile. Since Will’s tragic passing, it has always been our hope that something good could be born of something so tragic. There is healing for us to know that in Will’s memory we can make a difference in the world.

 

The Bouchard Family

 

Please click on the link below to see our GIANT Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Thank You Board