A cloudy greeting and raindrops on the route didn’t keep the sun from breaking out for the 2012 Seven Hills of Kirkland “Cycling to End Homelessness” event on Memorial Day, brightening the event which raised $85,000 from 1120 registered cyclists, jersey sales, donations, and sponsorships benefitting KITH’s programs that help families transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency.
“I'd like to compliment you and the rest of the organising team for the ride. The 'Dan Henry' road markers were very clear, and the en-route support excellent. My only cause for complaint was rain for about 45 minutes. Not something the organising committee can do anything about. Thanks again for a great event,” wrote cyclists Richard Traill of Renton. Cyclists came from as far north as Vancouver B.C. and as far south as Sacramento, CA to brave the 7 Hills of Kirkland and help the homeless.
Presenting Sponsor Evergreen Health generously supported the event with $10,000 and team of 20 cyclists. “Bob (Malte, Evergreen’s CEO) is very pleased to be here, and Evergreen is happy to support the community’s involvement around this healthy event,” reported Melissa Kullman, an Evergreen employee. Supporting Sponsor Kirkland Kiwanis matched rider donations and provided volunteers for the event. For the 3rd year, the Kiwanis made a significant contribution to the 7 Hills weekend with their “Pancaking to End Homelessness” Pancake Breakfast the Saturday before the ride.
Starbuck’s greeted cyclists and volunteers with delicious coffee at Marina Park starting at 6:30 AM through the day. Gregg’s Cycle and Kirkland Bicycle assisted cyclists with technical support. Neal Hubbard provided bagpipe music to encourage cyclists to keep pedaling uphill. Silver Sponsor Lakeshore Clinic and Bronze Sponsors Cummins Chiropractic , Isagenix International, Juanita Physical Therapy, Z-Ultimate Self-Defense Studios, and EF Foreign Student Exchange Program greeted riders upon their return from the original 7 Hills route (almost 40 miles), the metric century (nearly 60 miles) and the full century (100 mile) routes. Celebrating her good luck in addition to her impact for the homeless, Diana Stevens won the preregistered rider raffle prize of a night stay in a luxury lakefront guest room at The Woodmark Hotel, Breakfast at The Beach Café, parking & incidentals.
This all-volunteer event demonstrates the power of over 80 volunteers to make life change possible for the homeless. All five food stops, support cars, and delivery trucks, and registration and service at the Marina Park Pavilion were fully staffed by 7 Hills volunteers.
KITH’s Executive Director Jan Dickerman summed up the event, “We are so grateful to the dedicated volunteers and the cycling community which come together to make an impact for homeless families each year through 7 Hills of Kirkland Cycling to End Homelessness ride.”