Not everybody was running and riding in North Texas for Children’s Medical Center Foundation‘s 2020 Virtual Red Balloon Run And Ride fundraiser today. Loren Descovich was spinning away inside her basement in Colorado, where the day’s high was 62 degrees.
Loren’s not your typical Red Balloon participant with kids who’ve benefited from all the great professionals at Children’s. But she is one of the heroes helping the nonprofit world recover from the COVID-19 impact on fundraising.
According to Loren, “For those of you who don’t know, I work in the event world with non profits and COVID-19 has been devastating to all of our events in the next few months. Not only is it impacting our ability to gather together as supporters of some amazing causes, but it’s having a huge impact on their fundraising which is crucial for all of them to continue serving their constituents.
“So over the next few months, I am committing to participate in all of our events that have transitioned to the virtual world. For some, that’s going to be full-on virtual productions and augmented reality rides, and for some that’s going to be doing what we can where we are and spreading the love! I’m not asking for much since there are several more events to come, but appreciate any support you are willing to give if one of the charities speaks to you!
“First up is the Red Balloon Run and Ride. Today I should be in Plano, TX listening to the laughter of 1000+ children and seeing all of the joy on the faces of families who have benefited from the services of the Children’s Medical Center. Instead, I’m staying home and rode in my basement.
“I didn’t have a plan for my ride when I woke up this morning, but ended up crushing a 45-minute Peloton tabata ride (hardest one yet!) and followed that up with an additional 10+ miles to close out 25 for the day. Then threw in a 15 min core blast for the cherry on top! It was tough but not even remotely as tough as what the kiddos go through! #RedBalloon2020”
* Graphic courtesy of Loren Descovich