Welcome to the first annual

"Riding for Our Children's Future"

May 31, 2008, Napa Valley

All proceeds from this event
go to Novato classrooms

Your donation is tax deductible

 

Sponsor a Rider

Support Novato Public Schools by sponsoring
one of our riders. Click a name below to get started.

 

Mark Uicker

Dave Feingold

Steve Wegner

Charles Scott

Marty Phelan

Steve Hospodar

Joe Ravetti

Brian McKone

Jay Alexander

Mike O'Connor

Marc Alciati

Brian McCoy

Gary Butler

Michael Pace

Dave Winnett

Leland Gibbs

Jim Johnson

Tim Cogliandro

 

We Raised $24,528
for Novato Schools

 

Our Goal

Raise $30,000 for Novato Public Schools

 

The Pan-Napa Challenge Riders

Mark Uicker

Riding for Hamilton Elementary School

Dear Friends,

I'm looking forward to the long bike ride through Napa and hope to raise a substantial amount of money for Hamilton Elementary School. There are few things more important to me than our children's education and your donation will go directly to bettering the school for all the children. After the event is over and my sore muscles heal, you'll be receiving a Thank You letter from the principal of Hamilton Elementary as well as the necessary information to use this donation for a tax deduction. Thank you for supporting my efforts to help Hamilton Elementary School.

Dave Feingold

Riding for Hamilton Elementary School

Dear Friends,

With the constant state budget cuts public school funding is now more important than ever. Liz and I moved to Novato from Southern Marin almost ten years ago and are strong public school advocates. All three of our kids went to Hamilton Elementary. Liz has been a tireless volunteer and now works with Hamilton's principal, the amazing Ruthanne Bexton, as a project coordinator. Hamilton is a very diverse K-5 public school in Novato with an incredible staff. Teachers and administrators do not work in the public schools for the money -- they work for the community's children. They deserve our thanks and admiration, and most importantly, the resources to do their important work. Thank you very much for helping.

Steve Wegner

Riding for Hamilton Elementary School

Dear Friends,

I'm looking forward to the long bike ride through Napa and hope to raise a substantial amount of money for Hamilton Elementary School. There are few things more important to me than our children's education and your donation will go directly to bettering the school for all the children. After the event is over and my sore muscles heal, you'll be receiving a Thank You letter from the principal of Hamilton Elementary as well as the necessary information to use this donation for a tax deduction. Thank you for supporting my efforts to help Hamilton Elementary School.

Charles Scott

Riding for Hamilton Elementary School

Dear Friends,

This year marks the 10th year that we’ve been contributing to our favorite neighborhood school - Hamilton Elementary. I know that Hamilton is a special school because of all the support from parents, local businesses and the wonderful staff that has devoted their energy and commitment to learning. With 3 kids and the youngest now in second grade at Hamilton, we feel it’s even more important now than ever to enrich our child’s school. Budget cuts have impacted each and every student and it’s time to make a big difference and fundraise in a new way. I'm asking all of you to support me and help me achieve my goal of raising a substantial amount of money for Hamilton Elementary School as I bike ride through the Napa Valley on May 31st in the Pan-Napa Challenge Ride.

There are few things more important to me than our children's education and your donation will go directly to bettering the school for all the children. After the event is over and my sore muscles heal, you'll be receiving a Thank You letter from the principal of Hamilton Elementary, as well as the necessary information to use this donation for a tax deduction. Thank you for supporting my efforts to help Hamilton Elementary School.

To make your tax deductible donation, just click on this link: http://www.firstgiving.com/charlesscott and have your credit card ready.

My daughter, Mariah and I thank you in advance for your support!

Sincerely,
Charles Scott

Marty Phelan

Riding for Rancho School

Dear Friends,

I am looking forward to participating in the Pan-Napa Challenge bike race on May 31st to raise money for Rancho Elementary and the Novato Unified School District. There are few things more important to me than our children's education and your donation will go directly to helping improve Rancho Elementary. After the event is over, you will receive a thank you letter from the principal of Rancho Elementary along with the necessary information to use this donation as a tax deduction. Thank you for supporting my efforts to help our kids future. The process to donate is very easy, just click on this link: http://www.firstgiving.com/martyphelan and have your credit card ready.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Marty Phelan

Joe Ravetti

Riding for Hamilton Elementary School

Dear Friends,

Having 3 children going through the Novato school district, I must say Elementary School is where it all starts. I have my youngest daughter at Hamilton Elementary, this is the school I am riding for. I plan on riding a 50 mile route through the Napa Valley on May 31st and I would like your help by sponsoring me. After the event is over and my sore muscles heal, you'll be receiving a Thank You letter from the principal of Hamilton Elementary as well as the necessary information to use this donation for a tax deduction. Thank you for supporting my efforts to help Hamilton Elementary School.

Thank you,
Joe Ravetti

Brian McKone

Riding for Hamilton Elementary School

Dear Friends,

I'm looking forward to the long bike ride through Napa and hope to raise a substantial amount of money for Hamilton Elementary School. There are few things more important to me than our children's education and your donation will go directly to bettering the school for all the children. After the event is over and my sore muscles heal, you'll be receiving a Thank You letter from the principal of Hamilton Elementary as well as the necessary information to use this donation for a tax deduction. Thank you for supporting my efforts to help Hamilton Elementary School.

Jay Alexander

Riding for Hamilton Elementary School

Dear Friends,

I'm looking forward to the long bike ride through Napa and hope to raise a substantial amount of money for Hamilton Elementary School. There are few things more important to me than our children's education and your donation will go directly to bettering the school for all the children. After the event is over and my sore muscles heal, you'll be receiving a Thank You letter from the principal of Hamilton Elementary as well as the necessary information to use this donation for a tax deduction. Thank you for supporting my efforts to help Hamilton Elementary School.

Mike O'Connor

Riding for Hamilton Elementary School

Dear Friends,

I'm looking forward to the long bike ride through Napa and hope to raise a substantial amount of money for Hamilton Elementary School. There are few things more important to me than our children's education and your donation will go directly to bettering the school for all the children. After the event is over and my sore muscles heal, you'll be receiving a Thank You letter from the principal of Hamilton Elementary as well as the necessary information to use this donation for a tax deduction. Thank you for supporting my efforts to help Hamilton Elementary School.

Marc Alciati

Riding for Hamilton Elementary School

Dear Friends,

I'm looking forward to the long bike ride through Napa and hope to raise a substantial amount of money for Hamilton Elementary School. There are few things more important to me than our children's education and your donation will go directly to bettering the school for all the children. After the event is over and my sore muscles heal, you'll be receiving a Thank You letter from the principal of Hamilton Elementary as well as the necessary information to use this donation for a tax deduction. Thank you for supporting my efforts to help Hamilton Elementary School.

Gary Butler

Riding for Hamilton Elementary School

Dear Friends,

I am looking forward to participating in the Pan-Napa Challenge to help raise money for Hamilton Elementary School in Novato.

Both of our children attend Hamilton and they have thrived at the school both academically and socially.  The principal and staff are dedicated to provided a great learning environment with both a strong core curriculum and valuable extra-curricular programs.

Unfortunately, the current planned budget cuts for the state of California are likely to have a significant impact to our local school.  Please help me support Hamilton by pledging whatever you can.

Thank you for your support.

Gary

Michael Pace

Riding for Hamilton Elementary School

Dear Family & Friends-

Can you believe that I am actually going to ride my bike beyond the neighborhood?!!! (Thank goodness I got the kickstand and reflector package at Costco!). That is how important this ride is to me. Chloe loves Hamilton, and the school is like a second family to us. The upcoming state budget cuts are going to impact us severely; we need to step up to the plate and do something. So I am (going to try) riding 50 miles…please help me to help our children! I’m grateful for any amount you can donate. The money won’t just help Chloe-but 500 other students at Hamilton! Thank you!

Dave Winnett

Riding for Hamilton Elementary School

Dear Friends,

When Laura and I decided to move our family here six years ago, we fell in love with our neighborhood school, Hamilton. In those six years, our daughters have been nurtured and supported by very talented teachers and staff members. Laura and I have worked hard to show our appreciation for what Hamilton has given us, and we have become part of a warm and generous school community.

I have been invited to join several other friends and fathers in a long bike ride through the Napa Valley. We're riding to raise money for Hamilton, because it is almost certain that so many of the people who make the school what it is are going to lose their jobs in the face of Governor Schwarzenegger's devastating budget cuts. I'm not much of a cyclist, and, as you know, I had knee surgery a few months ago. This ride will be difficult for me, but it means a great deal to me to be able to do my part for our school.

Please consider supporting me in my efforts. Your donation will go directly to Hamilton. After the event is over and I am able to move again, you'll be receiving a Thank You letter from Principal Bexton, as well as the necessary information to use this donation for a tax deduction.

Thank you for supporting my efforts to help Hamilton Elementary School.

Leland Gibbs

Riding for Hamilton Elementary School

Dear Family & Friends,

I have been invited to participate in a 50 mile bike ride through Napa, to help raise funds to support Haley’s and Sydney’s school (Hamilton Elementary).

I had no idea until this year (Haley's been at the school for 5 years), when I volunteered for an entire day at the school, as to how much effort is put in everyday to make sure our children get the education they deserve. The dedication of the staff and parent volunteers at Hamilton is unreal, everyone goes above and beyond what is expected of them every single day. This dedication to the children has made Haley and Sydney's experience at Hamilton one that will benefit them for a lifetime.

Steve Hospodar (Assistant Principal) I think says it best “I know now that Hamilton is an exceptional school because of the support of the community, the staffs unwavering belief that ALL children will learn and leadership that is willing to do whatever it takes.”

With the current California budget crisis, now more than ever our public schools need our support. Please help me to help our children! I’m grateful for any amount you can donate. The money won’t just help Haley and Sydney, but 500 other students at Hamilton! Thank you in advance for your support!

After the Ride (May 31) you'll be receiving a Thank You letter from the principal of Hamilton Elementary as well as the necessary information to use this donation for a tax deduction.

Brian McCoy

Riding for Hamilton Elementary School
Brian is a fourth/fifth grade teacher at Hamilton Elementary

Dear Friends,

I find it hard to believe that this is my eighteenth year as an educator. The time has flown by. Now it seems the money given by our state government is flying away too.

I am not only a teacher; I’m also a parent. Being a part of this Hamilton community is a blessing for my entire family. This community is the most generous, bighearted, and charitable place a parent could ever hope to raise their children. I not only raise my children here, I also get to teach here. I am thankful for that opportunity.

I am asking for donations to help our schools and maintain the excellent programs we offer our students here at Hamilton. In turn, I will ride my bike like there’s no tomorrow, and together we can raise the money needed to ensure our youth will excel in our ever changing, complex society.

You’ll be receiving a Thank You letter from the principal of Hamilton Elementary as well as the necessary information to use this donation for a tax deduction.

Thank you for supporting my efforts to help Hamilton Elementary School.

Sincerely,
Brian McCoy

Steve Hospodar

Riding for Hamilton Elementary School
Steve is Assistant Principal of Hamilton Elementary

Dear Friends,

Educators talk about schools that go beyond their perceived limits and become the exceptional. I have read about these schools and have wondered what made them rise above the rest.

Two years ago I had the opportunity to visit one of these schools and as luck may have it I am now their Assistant Principal. It has been an honor to work at Hamilton Elementary, a school that goes beyond their perceived limits and has become exceptional.

Over the past two years I have learned that there are many variables that make a school go beyond and become exceptional. I know now that Hamilton is an exceptional school because of the support of the community, the staffs unwavering belief that ALL children will learn and leadership that is willing to do whatever it takes.

There is a momentum that has been building and the effects of that momentum are evident everywhere you look at Hamilton. However, that momentum is being challenged by the current budget crisis.

I’m doing this ride because I know first hand the effects the budget crisis will have on our students. I’m asking all of you to continue to dig deep and donate what you can. Your donations will help keep the momentum going.

Jim Johnson

Riding for Hamilton Elementary School

Dear Friends,

I'm looking forward to the long bike ride through Napa and hope to raise a substantial amount of money for Hamilton Elementary School. There are few things more important to me than our children's education and your donation will go directly to bettering the school for all the children. After the event is over and my sore muscles heal, you'll be receiving a Thank You letter from the principal of Hamilton Elementary as well as the necessary information to use this donation for a tax deduction. Thank you for supporting my efforts to help Hamilton Elementary School.

Tim Cogliandro

Riding for Hamilton Elementary School

Dear Friends,

I'm looking forward to the long bike ride through Napa and hope to raise a substantial amount of money for Hamilton Elementary School. There are few things more important to me than our children's education and your donation will go directly to bettering the school for all the children. After the event is over and my sore muscles heal, you'll be receiving a Thank You letter from the principal of Hamilton Elementary as well as the necessary information to use this donation for a tax deduction. Thank you for supporting my efforts to help Hamilton Elementary School.

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