Welcome to our Larkspur-Corte Madera Schools Foundation (SPARK) fundraising page!
From June 3-5, 2016 we will take on the rocky, high-speed mountain biking trails in and around Downieville and Graeagle, California to have fun, challenge ourselves and raise money for our kids' schools.
We greatly appreciate your support for SPARK!
Todd Barber, Doug Barta, Kyle Biehle, John Dawes, Sean Donnelly, Wolf Grand, Dennis Harrison, Steve Harrison, Jed Ritchey, Grant Smith and Greg Wilson
It all started with an idea to add a fundraising trip to the annual Larkspur-Corte Madera Schools Foundation (SPARK) auction. Ten dads quickly signed up for the inaugural three-day mountain bike adventure and fundraiser. At the time, we did not all know each other, but we all shared the common bond of mountain biking and wanted to help our kids get the best education possible.
Now, in our third year, we’ve forged strong friendships, have a lot of great memories from past trips, and have raised valuable funds for SPARK.
During our trip, we stay in a loft above the Yuba Expeditions bike shop that benefits the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship. From there, we take 4x4 van shuttles to the top of the beautiful Sierra Buttes and embark on all-day, big mountain, backcountry rides like Mt. Elwell and Mills Peak capped off with high-speed descents down to the historic gold rush town of Downieville, California. Each Downieville downhill run is finished with a plunge in the ice-cold swimming hole in the Yuba River – rinse and repeat for three days.
We have a great time, and each year our mission is clear – to raise funds for SPARK. Last year we raised $2,000, and this year we are looking to beat that. You can help us do this by making a contribution to this page.
SPARK is the Larkspur-Corte Madera Schools Foundation. It was founded in 1980 to raise funds for programs in Music, Art, Science, Technology and Outdoor Science Education, that are at-risk due to ongoing budget cuts and to support teachers’ salaries to provide these programs. SPARK bridges the gap between the limited funding the District receives from Federal, State, and Local sources, and what it actually costs for each child in the District to experience a quality education. Each year, SPARK commits roughly $1M — approximately 6% of the overall District’s budget — to critical programming for students. The dedication and hard work of SPARK parent volunteers and fundraisers is what makes SPARK so valuable for our children.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO
To help, you can make a contribution by clicking “Contribute Now” on this page. We appreciate your support of SPARK! If you have questions please contact Jed Ritchey at email@example.com.