09 Aug Fairway of the Carolinas Participates in 24 Hours of Booty
Fairway Independent Mortgage of the Carolinas participated in 24 Foundation’s 24 Hours of Booty event in Charlotte. The 24 Hours of Booty event takes place in Charlotte’s Myers Park area on the ‘Booty Loop,’ and is a 24-hour event where walkers and cyclists ride and walk on a closed loop for 24 hours to benefit cancer treatment and research. Fairway of the Carolinas’ Fairway Street Team included both walkers and cyclists who worked together to log miles at the event in an effort to change the course of cancer. Fairway of the Carolinas also had a tent on the loop where walkers and riders could stop to take a break and cool off, as well as a tent in ‘Bootyville’ where those who were participating through the night could sleep for a few hours.
24 Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to inspire and engage communities to make an immediate impact in the lives of those affected by cancer. One of the new initiatives funded by donations that was introduced this year is mobility. Because many cancer patients drive themselves to and from chemotherapy treatments, 24 Foundation helps support a ride system that gets people to and from their treatments so that they can reduce stress, rest and recover.
Through our team fundraising for the 24 Hours of Booty event and a $5,000 donation match from FairwayCares, the Fairway Street Team was able to raise almost $23,000! The 24 Hours of Booty event as a whole has raised $1.73 million year to date with a goal of $1.9 million by the end of 2017. Since its inception in 2002, the 24 Hours of Booty event has raised more than $18.7 million.
Rick Melville, an event veteran and avid cyclist, was thrilled to be able to participate this year with the Fairway Street Team! He shared:
“Still feeling that 24 Hours of Booty buzz! I’m extremely proud of our team. We were the #1 New Team for this year’s fundraiser, with almost $23,000 raised! We also ranked #15 in teams overall! That’s just outstanding performance from 18 active participants on a first-year team! I want to thank all of you for getting involved, getting uncomfortable sometimes, and being part of this ride/walk with me! This event holds a lot of meaning and emotion for me. I’ve lost a lot of close family members and friends to this wretched disease, and helping 24 Foundation help people survive cancer makes me feel fulfilled.”
This was Jeff Blondin’s first year participating as a cyclist! He said:
“I thought the event was fantastic! Wasn’t sure what to expect going into it, but was very glad I decided to participate and take part in the event through the night! What an experience; I will be ready for next year.”
“There is no work family like ours! Being able to participate in this awesome event with a wonderful group of people who care means the world. The fact that we were able to come together and be the #1 [new] team is just amazing! I’m proud and honored to be part of this team.”
Melissa Rose was also thrilled to have taken part in this event. She reflected:
“I don’t think I have ever been to a charity fundraising event where the participants and the community came together in the way that they did for this event. I mean – you have to be pretty dedicated to come out, camp, and ride for 24 hours. And, the neighbors love the event so much that they had tents set up all along the course cheering the riders on. No surprise that so much money was raised.”
Serving the community is at the heart of who Fairway is as an organization. Our Fairway Street Team members and cheerleaders enjoyed spending the weekend supporting such a wonderful cause. To learn more about 24 Foundation, click here.