20th Anniversary Mountains to the Desert Classic Raises $200,000 for Just For Kids Foundation

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JFK Grant Applications Accepted Starting October 3, 2023

The Just for Kids Foundation (JFK) is excited to announce that their annual fundraiser, the Mountains to the Desert Classic bike ride (M2D), achieved its 20th Anniversary, $200K fundraising goal.

Riders during the 2023 Mountains to the Desert Classic. Photo by Alex Ferrari, courtesy M2D

“Although the goal was a lofty one, I don’t think any of us were surprised that we reached it. As always, all of the riders who were fundraising reached out to their families, friends and the greater Telluride community to tell them what we needed, and they generously delivered.” says Elaine Demas, President of the Just For Kids Foundation Board. At the conclusion of the M2D ride on Saturday, September 23, 2023, M2D had only $5K to go and the goal of $200K was reached on September 30th. Demas adds “On behalf of JFK, and all of the children’s organizations we support, we want to thank the event sponsors, 365+ donors, 130+ riders, 40+ volunteers, JFK/M2D board and committee members, and the countless supporters who helped our fundraising efforts this year.”

Riders during the 2023 Mountains to the Desert Classic. Photo by Alex Ferrari, courtesy M2D

A 501(c)(3) established in 1999 and based in Telluride, Colorado, JFK serves the San Miguel Watershed region and provides essential scholarships, operating grants, program support, capital and start-up funding, and equipment to deserving youth and youth organizations throughout the county. To see JFK’s full list of grant recipients and read more about the history of the organization, visit www.justforkidsfoundation.org.

Riders during the 2023 Mountains to the Desert Classic. Photo by Alex Ferrari, courtesy M2D

JFK’s organization and individual grant application opens this Tuesday, October 3 and closes Saturday, October 21 at 11:59pm MT. For application instructions and information visit: www.justforkidsfoundation.org/grants. The awards ceremony for 2023 JFK Grant recipients will take place the week after Thanksgiving, more details coming soon.

Riders during the 2023 Mountains to the Desert Classic. Photo by Alex Ferrari, courtesy M2D
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