Bike Riders at our Plant City Family YMCA

Rider enjoyed the event immensely!

The 12th annual Dean’s Ride hosted by the Plant City Family YMCA on March 20, 2024, was another success. Over $12K was raised by 180 riders who came together despite the rain at Keel Farms to support the LIVESTRONG cancer survivor program.

Dean Snyder was a well-known Plant City community leader and YMCA supporter who started the event. He passed away due to cancer in 2013.

Riders enjoyed the opportunity to come together for a great cause on the four scenic routes ranging from 60 to 10 miles.  

“The event was wonderful and despite the rain riders were out in full force! We had 180 riders this year and the turnout was incredible,” said Paul Conley, Executive Director, Plant City Y.

Members of the Plant City Y’s Teen Leaders’ Club, Kloe Perez and Annie All, both 14 and in grade 8, were event volunteers.

This was Kloe’s sixth Dean’s Ride event.

“This is a great cause, so I like helping every year. My grandparents were friends with Dean,” she shared.

This was Annie’s third Dean’s Ride.  

“Teen Leaders has helped me get out of my comfort zone. From being out there at community events to speaking with local businesses for fundraising, I have learned so much.”

Laura Curtis, a local volunteer, has been overseeing Dean’s Ride for several years along with her husband. She has been a Plant City Y member for nearly 20 years and visits the facility regularly for spin class as well as to play pickleball.

“We knew Dean Snyder. This is just a great event; and important to me because my Mom and sister died of cancer. We have another family member going through cancer right now. We have seen what the LIVESTRONG program does for people, making them stronger. We are happy to support the YMCA.”

Thank you to everyone for showing up for this important fundraiser.  

You can click here to support the LIVESTRONG program.


Published Wednesday, April 17, 2024.