After the late spring sun sets on the evening of Saturday, there will be hundreds of glowing flashes cutting through the fresh night air. Spokes bright with neon will demand attention as the wheels they connect soar through the streets of downtown Des Moines.

Summer in Iowa is almost insistent on cycling. When you add the elements of live music, contests, alluring prizes and the benefit of a great cause, the Moonlight Classic is almost insistent on being an exceptional annual community ride. Consider it the perfect end to Bike Month.

Nancy Bobo, CFRE, Vice President of Development at Orchard Place, said they are expecting around 800 participants and 150 volunteers to converge for the fundraiser. She estimates this year they will raise $90,000 for the non-profit that provides a wide array of mental health services for youth. According to the organization’s website, Orchard Place serves 10,000 kids throughout the state.

“Proceeds from the Moonlight Classic will support our Latino Outreach and Enrichment Programs for children with emotional challenges as well as the Orchard Place Summer School at Orchard Place Campus,” Bobo said. “All three of these programs are mission-driven services that are totally charitably funded. We anticipate raising approximately $90,000 through this year’s event.”


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