We’re glad you asked! A safe and exceptional experience for our riders and volunteers has always been our top priority. The traditional AngelRide welcomes many opportunities for people to gather. That was not be possible this past spring, so we decided to switch gears! 

AngelRide had a FUN way to keep our community engaged, provide a bit of motivation for training, and encourage a physical challenge – all while staying safe – a PokerRide! We welcomed bicyclists, walkers, runners and motorcyclists too! We were thrilled to continue our good work and support the kids at The Arthur C. Luf Children’s Burn Camp!

PokerRide! Memorial Day Weekend 2020

Gather Virtually, Participate Individually, Spread the Love!

FRIDAY May 22,2020

    • We gathered virtually for an AngelRide Opening Ceremony through the wonders of technology! 

This past Memorial Day Weekend 2020

    • Ride, walk, run on your own course at your own pace, outdoors or indoors. Challenge yourself! Set a goal that you need to train for! 
    • Riders earned a PokerRide card every 12 miles!
      Pedal 36 miles, collect 3 cards! Pedal 60 miles, that’s 5 cards! (Go the distance to collect 5 cards and have the option to discard 2 cards!) Motorcyclists, we’ll leave the mileage goals up to you! 
    • Walkers and runners earned a PokerRide card every 4 miles.
      Complete 12 miles, collect 3 cards! Complete 20 miles, that’s 5 cards! (Go the distance to collect 5 cards and have the option to discard 2 cards!)
    • We paired up participants with an AngelRide volunteer via cell phones, respecting the need for physical distancing. 
    • When each leg of the route was completed, a selfie was texted to the AngelRide volunteer who dealt a card! 
    • Remember  for 2020, this personalized AngelRide could be completed in 1 day, 2 days or 3 days!

Monday May 25, 2020 

    • We gathered in an AngelRide Virtual Closing Ceremony where 2 Community Cards were revealed to complete everyone’s hand! Honoring Memorial Day, continuing AngelRide traditions, hearing about the impact of Camp on the kids and their families, and sharing gifts of song, made this Ceremony a special time for all.  

Valerie had the best hand with 3 Aces!. Thanks to an anonymous donor, an additional  $1,000 gift will be made in Valerie’s honor to The Arthur C. Luf Children’s Burn Camp!

Click here to learn more about the Camp: http://ctburnsfoundation.org/arthur-c-luf-childrens-burn-camp

As we continued with the safe practice of physical distancing, AngelRide 2020 was not be able to gather our community together in those traditional ways. We were really bummed about that but you know that safety is a big thing for us. We gathered at a virtual Opening and a virtual Closing ceremony. Our community completed their individual AngelRide on a route and distance of their choosing over Memorial Day Weekend May 23-25, 2020. We’re even opening it up to walkers and runners! And amazing volunteers were on hand remotely to cheer and “deal” your PokerRide! cards. 

Thanks for switching gears with us! 

A poker ride is a cute name for a poker run! This is a just fun game that provides an opportunity for our community to stay connected via texting. Participants will be assigned an AngelRide volunteer to “deal” them cards as they complete sections of their own route. The volunteers will stay in the comfort of their homes. Riders, walkers and runners can challenge themselves by increasing their mileage and collecting more virtual cards. At the virtual Closing ceremony 2 Community Cards will be revealed and a winning hand determined. That person will have a $1,ooo donation made in their name to The Arthur C. Luf Children’s Burn Camp!

You get a lot! 

  • A $1,000 donation will be made in your name to The Arthur C. Luf Children’s Burn Camp!
  • You get lots and lots of hugs and kisses – well, virtual ones this year!
  • You get that warm and fuzzy feeling inside from knowing that you are part of a community that gives children who have survived life-altering burn injuries a chance to build relationships with other kids and adults who have been through the same type of trauma – we all need that kind of connection as we journey through life.
  • You can smile when you realize that the Campers get to “just be a kid” because of you! No one at Camp is staring at their scars or asking them how they were burned. The campers wear swimsuits to the waterfront, encourage each other to reach new heights at the ropes course or hit that bullseye at the archery range!
  • Wow, you are amazing!

Not in 2020. Participants had 3 days to complete their mileage and collect cards – Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-25, 2020. 

For 2021, we hope to return to the Classic AngelRide on May 29, 2021 with Remote AngelRide opportunities as well.

We would love, love, love to return to our “classic” AngelRide on May 29, 2021! Gathering together is important to us all! We’re already working on it and will adapt if necessary – always with our passion for providing an exceptional and safe experience for all. Hey, we will definitely continue with the option of joining in remotely!