Last Sunday, on June 7th Crystal Auto Mall was one of the sponsors at the American Diabetes Association Tour De Cure, a national biking event hosted in cities across the US, to raise money for continued research to find a cure, prevent, and help educate about diabetes. Individual riders and teams biked up to 100 miles, raising as much money as possible for their family and friends that are diagnosed.
I volunteered to be a SAG (Support and Gear) vehicle driver. Tony, another volunteer, was partnered with me as we drove through Basking Ridge, helping to transport weary drivers and broken bikes.
Crystal donated the use of a certified pre-owned 4- door Tacoma, which was the perfect vehicle because we were able to easily pack equipment and multiple bikes in the bed, while the riders comfortably sat in the back seats.
This Tacoma comes with a back-up camera and touch display screen. Considering the number of k-turns I had to do that day, navigating unfamiliar roads, you can best believe that the back-up camera came in super handy.
I was thankful the truck came with a USB port to keep my phone charged to ensure it had enough battery life to take plenty of pictures. We also hooked up our dispatch radio in the power outlet, so we could coordinate with the staff which locations to pick up riders from.
Many of the inside roads we traveled on in Basking Ridge had many potholes, but they were not match for the Tacoma’s 16 inch styled wheels.
The Tour De Cure was a huge success; it rose over a quarter of a million dollars! Over 500 riders with their family and friends attended. I had a great time meeting some of them and hearing the inspirational stories of people who are currently fighting diabetes. And with free Chipotle for lunch, we all had a very fulfilling day.
Our prizes were a huge hit with riders and their supporters. We were happy to give away a complimentary pair of tickets to Dinner with the Boys, an Off-Broadway show in New York and a $50 gas gift card.
We are honored to have been part of such a great cause, helping make a difference in people’s lives and supporting our local community.
We look forward to continue supporting the ADA and their future events!