One of Denver’s most popular restaurants has partnered with World Bicycle Relief, a nonprofit organization providing access to education and livelihood through the power of bicycles, to help celebrate the opening of their new Denver office while aiming to raise $15,000 for the organization’s current Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program.
On April 17th, Solera’s Executive Chef, Goose Sorensen, will open his restaurant doors to the Denver community. In exchange for a donation of $134 /couple or $67 /individual, attendees will enjoy limitless cocktails and appetizers as well as access to an impressive silent auction including a Cervelo S2 Frame, Zipp Wheels, Skea and Descente jackets and many other items including gift certificates to several Denver restaurants and businesses). “$134 puts a bicycle into the hands of a student in Africa reducing her commute to and from school by up to 7 hours each day.” Says World Bicycle Relief Grassroots Development Manager Katie Bolling. “With a bicycle, our student recipients gain valuable time to study for school and help their families with chores.”
Solera aims to raise $15,000 - the cost to provide bicycles to an entire school in Zambia. With this donation, the restaurant will receive information and photos about the school and community they’ve impacted. “We just distributed our 10,000th bike for the program and we’re celebrating a dramatic increase in student attendance rates.” said Bolling who will be on hand for the Solera event. “The bicycle” she says, “is not only a vehicle to access education, it’s a chance at a better life.”
In addition to raising donations, Solera is celebrating the nonprofit’s new Denver office, which opened in January of this year. “Bicycles are a big part of life here in Colorado, from the leisure rider to the professional cyclist who spends his day riding in the canyons around Boulder. I’m excited to be a part of this community as they share the power of bicycles with students in Africa.”
Since it’s founding in 2005, World Bicycle Relief has distributed 75,000 specially designed, locally assembled bicycles into the hands of disaster victims, healthcare workers, entrepreneurs and students seeking access to education. The event at Solera to benefit World Bicycle Relief on April 17th runs from 5-9pm. Tickets are available now at: http://www.grassroots.kintera.org/solera
For more information about World Bicycle Relief and it’s mission to provide access to independence and livelihood through the power of bicycles visit