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24 Hours of Booty Grand Tour in Gilligan’s Island Style

Stephen RiderLast year, Stephen Rider rode the 24 Hours of Booty Grand Tour together with Tom Conrady and Vaughn Arthur in celebration of his friend Vaughn’s 25th anniversary of kicking cancer to the curb. Vaughn challenged his donors to help him reach his fundraising goal of $2,500 by saying he would dress up as Ginger from Gilligan’s Island. Stephen and Tom agreed to help by dressing up as Mary Ann and Mrs. Howell for the Atlanta event, if Vaughn reached his goal.

Stephen became involved with 24 Hours of Booty after learning about Team Collin on a bike related forum called the Lounge.

“There were a bunch of quirky, humorous people in there and one of the primary posts referred to Team Collin,” Stephen Rider said. “It turned out that Collin was a little baby boy of one of the members of the Lounge. He posted about his family’s ordeal and specifically Collin’s fight against cancer. I found the original thread and all of the posts. I cried when I read that Collin had lost his battle at the age of two.”

After learning about Collin’s fight against cancer Stephen asked to become a member of Team Collin at 24 Hours of Booty Indianapolis in 2012. This year Stephen is riding for one of his closest supporters, who is currently going through chemotherapy for stage three ovarian cancer. Prior to being diagnosed, Stephen’s friend donated her kidney selflessly to a neighbor in need, which has caused her chemotherapy recovery time to lengthen.

“I have had several friends and family members struggle with cancer, some winning their fight and some not,” Stephen said. “Her fight is a hard one to see, it just breaks my heart because she gave so much of herself. 24 Hours of Booty has made me much more aware of the importance of people who are going through cancer.”

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Unicycle Dave

Dave TurpinDave Turpin is known famously by 24 Hours of Booty friends and family as the man on the unicycle, which he rode at last year’s event in Charlotte.

“I’m just another nut-case buzzing around on a wheel,” Dave said.

24 Hours of Booty is an event that according to Dave is predicated by camaraderie. The first time Dave rode with 24 Hours of Booty was in 2009 on a mountain bike completely solo. The experience did not give him the bug until he decided to put together a small team of coworkers a couple of years later.

“Today I ride weekly with a friend as we train for the next 24 Hours of Booty event,” Dave said. “In a way, 24 Hours of Booty is an excuse to stay fit. The event itself is safe, well organized and the cause is never lost in the confusion of the event itself.”

Through 24 Hours of Booty Dave has met and learned of many families and individuals who are dealing with life threatening illness.

“The net effect is to make me conscientiously note that our time in this world may be shorter than we planned,” Dave said. “None of us know when we will be called up to the challenge of a life threatening disease. 24 Hours of Booty provides a platform for us to recognize our own mortality.”

To date, Dave has participated in five 24 Hours of Booty events, three in Charlotte and two in Atlanta. He is currently training to ride in the two events this year again. Why does Dave ride?

“At my age, because I can,” Dave said.

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Klipsch Rider Kicks Cancer!

Paula KlipschPaula Klipsch is a two-time thyroid cancer survivor and is celebrating three years being cancer free since her second bout with the disease. At the age of 41, Paula was diagnosed with papillary carcinoma and it returned five years later. Being cancer free has made Paula appreciate everything that life has to offer.

“I will tell you that when you wake up every morning, the thought that my cancer can return is not far from my thoughts,” said Paula Klipsch, 24 Hours of Booty Indianapolis rider and Team Klipsch member. “My faith has been an enormous comfort, but I also have a great support group around me so I’ve decided to channel a little of my anxiety into something positive by giving back to other cancer patients and their families.”

Paula is a member of the American Cancer Society’s Ladies Guilt (ACS) and chairman of the Discovery Ball for 2014, which is the ACS’s big, formal fundraiser. Last year Paula’s husband Mike got her involved with 24 Hours of Booty for the first time. Mike had done the ride together with his coworkers at Klipsch Audio a couple of times and to Paula it sounded like an incredible amount of fun.

“The ride is a great way for me to pay it forward in some way to help someone else survive their cancer diagnosis,” Paula said. “Being a survivor and helping to raise money for cancer research is important at every level. I’m alive because of advanced research, in just five short years, that has been funded by events like [24 Hours of Booty]. It also helps me to send a message to other to not give up hope. If I can beat cancer, so can you!”

To prepare for 24 Hours of Booty, the coworkers at Klipsch Audio usually get together on nice sunny days during the warm months of the year and ride together. Many people at the office have become involved and participated in other charity rides together, such as Ride Across Indiana (RAIN). The cancer in some form has victimized many of the employees; fundraising for rides like 24 Hours of Booty has become a “no brainer”.

“It makes me so proud to be a part of the Klipsch Audio family that feels the same way I do about cancer,” Paula said. “We hate it and want to raise money to someday defeat this disease so that no one else will ever lose another family member again.”

Paula is looking forward to seeing all the Klipsch Audio employees come together for another 24 Hours of Booty as a family, not an office gathering, but for a long day and night of fun.

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Clear Channel Radio Spreads the Word About 24 Hours of Booty

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 1.27.10 PMClear Channel Radio, 24 Hours of Booty sponsor, has graciously promoted 24 Hours of Booty on air and live at the Indianapolis event for that past few years. 24 Hours of Booty is proud to have Clear Channel Radio as a sponsor who has joined in the fight to spread the word to put cancer in its place!

“For many of us, our lives have been touched peripherally by cancer, we all know of a loved one or friend that has had to battle some form of this dreadful disease,” said Jay Baker, On-Air host from Clear Channel Radio. “Any event that highlights and raises money for the cause is very worthwhile.”

Founded in 1972, Clear Channel has become one of the world’s largest media and entertainment companies, managing two main media businesses – Outdoor Holdings and Media and Entertainment. With 245 million monthly listeners in the U.S., Clear Channel media and entertainment has the largest reach of any radio and television outlet in America. The outdoor advertising business operates close to one million displays in 45 countries and continues to expand.

“As we all face trying to bring more health and wellness into our lives, we want to find some good sustainable forms of exercise,” Jay said. “For those of us from Clear Channel Radio, we have had a long association with cycling. Through the years we have had cyclists who just pedal the park with their kids as an outlet and family time, and those of us who have set some serious cycling goals and have competed at bike events through the Midwest.”

Clear Channel’s mission is to stimulate local radio and outdoor resources to encourage and educate people to make a difference within their own communities. 24 Hours of Booty is one of the many local and national nonprofit organizations that Clear Channel radio stations and Outdoor regions work together to spotlight.

“I have been impressed by the organization of [24 Hours of Booty] and I have urged my cycling friends to participate,” Jay said. “Thanks for all that you do and making Indianapolis one of the stops in this important series.”

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Klipsch Takes Sound & Sponsorship to National Level

SONY DSCKlipsch, one of the first loudspeaker companies in the U.S., has been producing premium speakers since 1946. Klipsch became an official sponsor of 24 Hours of Booty in 2012, and this year they continue their support on a national level.

“To be a national sponsor helps us raise awareness and money for 24 Hours of Booty’s commitment to cancer initiatives,” said Rich Doppelfeld, VP of Global Human Resources, said. “It also gives us a platform to bring the emotion of the live music experience that Klipsch speakers and headphones deliver to riders and their support teams onsite. Additionally, we are allowed to expand our brand on a national platform.”

The start of the relationship between 24 Hours of Booty and Klipsch happened a few years ago when Rich Doppelfeld was invited by a friend to ride in the Charlotte event. Rich knew right then that it would be a great philanthropic endeavor for Klipsch when the event was brought to Indianapolis.

Klipsch has sponsored 24 Hours of Booty in many ways and forms. Since becoming a sponsor in 2012, they have been able to offer in-ear headphones as giveaways, fundraiser contest prizes, including KMC Wireless Music Systems and formed a team to fundraise and ride.

“Our team rides not only in memory of loved ones affected by cancer, but also to celebrate life,” Rich said. “The ride unites co-workers, family and friends for 24 hours, supporting each other along the way with a common goal to wipe out cancer. In just three years, Team Klipsch has grown to more than 30 riders and is on pace to raise over $10,000 toward cancer initiatives in 2014.”


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The Greater Impact of Sponsorship

24 Hours of Booty has proudly sustained a sponsor partnership with Boingo Graphics since 2007 that has grown to provide a impact not only on each individual organization, but a larger impact on the Charlotte community.

“Originally the partnership was a way to give back to our community and help support a cause that has literally affected everyone in our company at some point, in some way,” said Linda Kirby, Boingo Graphics EVP. “Supporting 24 Hours of Booty is something everyone can rally behind and over the years has become a part of our culture at Boingo Graphics.”

As Boingo began to realize the overall impact they were creating, the company decided to join the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and created a program called Boingo Cares that helps several other nonprofit organizations in the community. The strong relationship with 24 Hours of Booty has directly impacted the success of the Boingo Cares program.

“Through our engagement with 24 Hours of Booty we were introduced to some wonderful people,” Linda said. “These relationships have become an important part of our success story. Our support of the organization was not only welcomed, but celebrated by the Booty folks!”

Together, 24 Hours of Booty, Boingo Graphics and the Charlotte community have grown stronger as a result of the strides made because of the sponsor partnership.

“Whether we are helping raise money, riding our bikes for 24 hours or printing banners and signage for the event, Boingo is grateful for our partnership with 24 Hours of Booty!,” Linda said.

Interested in becoming a 24 Hours of Booty sponsor? Find more information here.

Let’s fight cancer together!
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Ahoy Mates!

Nancy CanganyWhen Nancy Cangany first heard of 24 Hours of Booty coming to Indianapolis in 2012, she knew she had to be a part of it. Nancy has been cycling for a number of years, both for fun and for charity events, including for the LIVESTRONG Foundation. In 2009, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and following her treatment she wanted to get back into riding.

“The 2012 Indy Booty was the first time for me to ride 100 miles since being diagnosed with cancer,” Nancy said. “It felt like quite an accomplishment”.

The event, taking place only a few miles from her house, was a great way for Nancy to get back into cycling, as well as a way to support something so personal to her.

This year marks Nancy’s third year riding in 24 Hours of Booty and although she may be somewhat limited by lymphedema she’s been battling she says that she will be out there nonetheless.

“I’m sure there will be more fun costumes to come, as well,” Nancy said, referring to the pirate booty gear she wore during last year’s event.

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Butler Blue III to Make Appearance at 24 Hours of Booty Indianapolis

Blue III at 24HOB 201324 Hours of Booty is back for it’s third year in Indianapolis at Butler University. The famously known live bulldog mascot of the University, Blue III, will be making an appearance at this year’s 24 Hours of Booty.

Butler University has had unofficial live bulldog mascots for years, but it wasn’t until 2000 that Butler Blue became the first official live mascot for the school. To date, there have been three dogs that have carried the name Blue, which is the primary color of the university.

“We’re on our third “Blue”, but we affectionately call him “Trip”, which is short for “triple” as he is the third in succession,” said Michael Kaltenmark, Trip’s caretaker and 24 Hours of Booty rider. “The previous two mascots were called “Blue”, but there was overlap in tenure for Blue I and Blue II so that’s why Blue III got a nickname.”

Butler Blue has become a bona fide celebrity in the city of Indianapolis and his presence is highly regarded. Blue is a living, breathing ambassador for Butler University, but more than that, Blue has become a point of pride for the city of Indianapolis.

“He brings a smile to the faces of children and adults alike, and he’s in high demand for photos and “selfies” no matter where we go,” Michael said.

Blue loves to go to work, especially when it involves lending his voice and celebrity status to good causes like 24 Hours of Booty’s fight against cancer. 24 Hours of Booty provides Butler University with a great opportunity to join the fight against cancer, promote health and well-being through cycling and emphasizing community through fellowship and place.

“Welcoming groups and events like 24 Hours of Booty to campus is always great fun, and since there are bikes involved, Blue is all too excited to be a part of the action,” Michael said. “He’s [“Trip”] hoping to get a tow around the course this year.


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John the Thriver

John LindJohn Lind is riding with 24 Hours of Booty for a third time this year in Indianapolis at the end of June.

There are many reasons John rides with 24 Hours of Booty,  for one, he is a stage IV “thriver” or cancer survivor and also has had many family members and friends affected by cancer. John’s dad passed away thirty years ago from kidney cancer, for whom John took care of the last couple of months that he was alive by organizing a hospice setting at his house and arranging his affairs.

“After watching what he [John’s father] went through it was absolutely chilling to be told I had Stage IV head and neck cancer at five years younger than what my father was when he passed away,” John said.

24 Hours of Booty and the team John rides with, Little Spokes of Hope, are constant reminders that he is incredibly fortunate to be not just a survivor, but a thriver, and that he is not alone in dealing with the disease, treatment, recovery and side effects.

“Cancer is a marathon, often a very long relentless one without any respite for the rest of your life,” John said. “It can be ongoing treatment to hold it at bay, dealing with relapses (as with lymphoma), or coping with significant treatment side effects, some of which are lifelong. 24 Hours of Booty is a marathon event that is a very fitting metaphor.”

Other diseases such as swine flu, measles, chicken pox, mumps or mononucleosis, all which John has had, are much like sprints to the goal without any respite for the rest of your life. Through the help of the LIVESTRONG Foundation, John has been able to clear the emotional, financial and physical obstacles to go beyond surviving to thriving.

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Win a Klipsch Wireless Portable Music System

Klipsch_logoScreen Shot 2014-06-12 at 2.31.38 PMINDIANAPOLIS RIDERS, our friends at Klipsch are really excited about 24 Hours of Booty.  We’re talking really, really excited. So excited that they want to celebrate their third year riding by giving away Klipsch KMC 1 Portable Wireless Music System to one lucky rider!  (Did I mention that it comes in 24 Hours of Booty orange?) There are two ways to win an entry – we’re keeping it simple!

  1. Raise $100 or more between Monday, June 16 and Wednesday, June 18 at 4:30 pm.
  2. Register to ride!

It will be a great week to get ahead on those fundraising commitments and start sending some emails! You can find tips on the best way to get started here. Good luck! The Fine Print: 

  1. Eligibility: This contest is open to all participants registered for the 24 Hours of Booty 2014. 24 Hours of Booty employees, board members and their families are not eligible.  
  2. Agreement to rules: Participation in the contest constitutes full and unconditional agreement to the decisions of 24 Hours of Booty, which are final. All prizes are contingent on availability of apparel sizes and are not transferable. 24 Hours of Booty reserves the right to substitute prizes as needed.
  3. Period. The contest begins June 16, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. and will end at 4:30 p.m. on June 18, 2014.
  4. Entry: Entries will be based on the above criteria. You must be registered to qualify for prizes. 
  5. Selection: 24 Hours of Booty will award one Klipsch KMC 1 Portable Wireless Music System.
  6. Release of Liability: By participating in this contest, you agree to releases and hold harmless 24 Hours of Booty, Klipsch and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, sponsors from any claim arising from your participation in this contest or use of the prize (including any travel or activity related thereto).

Tax Implications: All participants who receive more than $600 in incentives must fill out a 1099-MISC as per the IRS. This may result in taxable income for you and you should consult a tax professional with questions.

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