SMECO 75 Bike Ride Raises $25,000 for Operation: Tohidu

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) employees hosted their fifth annual bike ride on June 4, 2016.

Three bike routes of 29, 47, and 75 miles started at the Cooperative’s headquarters in Hughesville and went as far as Colton’s Point in St. Mary’s County. Profits from the bike ride are to be donated to Melwood’s Operation: Tohidu.

According to Natalie Cotton, SMECO’s community and public affairs director, proceeds from the Cooperative’s fifth annual bike ride will total more than $25,000.

She said, “Our volunteers and our participants were enthusiastic about supporting Melwood’s Operation: Tohidu, the organization that will benefit from the fundraiser. We had 475 cyclists, and many of them said they would be back next year.”

Participants in this year’s event complimented SMECO on the well-organized ride and its support for the charitable organization. Chris Tippett, a participant, wrote, “Thank you very much for once again organizing and executing one of the best annual rides in the Washington area. I’ve ridden the SMECO 75 since 2013 and look forward to it every year; you put on a first class event!” Cyclist Gerald Warren wrote, “Thank you SMECO for supporting our veterans and active duty service members through Operation: Tohidu. These men and women deserve our Melwood’s Operation: Tohidu is an experiential rehabilitation program that focuses on confidence-building, outdoor activities, and group discussion in a relaxed, positive environment using proven techniques for the self-management of symptoms, stressors, and responses.
SMECO selects a different organization each year to benefit from the fundraising events. Last year, employees raised $41,322 through the bike ride held in June and a charity golf tournament held in October. The events are supported by a group of volunteers, the SMECO executive team, and vendors.
Cotton added, “We are especially grateful to business partners who participate by donating resources to help make the SMECO 75 Bike Ride a successful fundraiser. Major contributors include ICF International, IP DataSystems, Penn Line, J.M Tennyson Construction, CW Wright Construction, New River Electrical Corporation, Origin Consulting, Sensus, Adams, Jenkins and Cheatham, CGI, Cigna, iFactor Consulting, Morgan Stanley, Prudential, Infor, Glen and Barbara Ives, Manis Canning & Associates, Avian, Booth & Associates, Opower, Utilitec, and VFP, and we thank them for their contributions.”

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