Gateway of Hope fundraiser was quite a ride

LANGLEY – The 2014 Ride Into History brought in $20,580 for programs at Langley’s Gateway of Hope.

Organizers are attributing the exponential increase in proceeds to increased community support.

“Statistics speak,” said Gateway of Hope executive director Jim Coggles. “By far the most successful Ride the Gateway of Hope has had.”

Last year’s event raised about $4,000.

Aldergrove Financial Group, Envision Financial and Prospera Credit Union continue to support the cause.

A long list of other businesses and individuals support the event.

The Salvation Army reached out to the motorcycle clubs.

Two clubs supported last year’s event.

This year the number grew to seven.

The Friday evening concert, which also gave people a chance to show off their bikes and other vehicles at the Fort Langley National Historic Site, brought out about 500 people, 75 classic vehicles and 85 motorcycles. About $2,900 in donations were collected.

The funds, net revenue from the Ride Into History, are earmarked for programs.

Gateway provides emergency short term shelter for homeless people as well as life-skills training, counselling, job training, a community kitchen, meal programs and more.

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