Monthly Archives: June 2019





Aviva Family Services through Easterseals Blake Foundation Aviva supports children and families involved with a children welfare system. We build resilient children & families by providing comprehensive behavioral health and respite services as well as resources to enhance self-esteem and well-being. Aviva Tucson QUALIFIES FOR AZ CHARITABLE TAX CREDIT – This is the ONLY El Tour Charity that qualifies for the Foster Care Credit

ADHD America  cycling teams mission is to bring awareness to living with ADHD and how cycling can be used as treatment of ADHD. Team ADHD Website

ALS Association  The Association leads the way in research, care services, public education, and public policy — giving help and hope to those facing the disease.  The Association’s nationwide network of chapters provides comprehensive patient services and support those with ALS. ALS Website QUALIFIES FOR AZ CHARITABLE TAX CREDIT

Arizona Justice Project  is seeking justice for the innocent and the wrongfully imprisoned. Justice for the marginalized and forgotten of Arizona’s Criminal Justice System. Az Justice Project Website QUALIFIES FOR AZ CHARITABLE TAX CREDIT

Arizona Multihousing Charitable Foundation  Ride for Our Family Services. Cultivates opportunities and generates financial resources to provide safer communities and enhance residents lives. It addresses the needs of the community, children, veterans, housing and education. Arizona Multi Housing Foundation Website    Our Family Services Website QUALIFIES FOR AZ CHARITABLE TAX CREDIT

Arts Express is Capturing the Extraordinary though Musical Theatre Productions and Performing Arts Education. The official National Anthem singers at El Tour De Tucson. Arts Express Website

Beads Of Courage is growing every day, providing innovative, arts-in-medicine supportive care programs for children coping with serious illness, their families and the health care providers who care for them. Beads Of Courage Website

Ben’s Bells The mission of Ben’s Bells is to teach individuals and communities about the positive impacts of intentional kindness and to inspire people to practice kindness as a way of life. Ben’s Bells Website

Beyond Tucson is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of our community, through the use of good science and rational analysis.  The BEYOND Rx Health Formula, is grounded in four key principles: exploring nature; good nutrition; physical movement; and community connections. Beyond Tucson Website

BICAS Although known in the community as BICAS (Bicycle Inter-Community Art and Salvage), our official name is Bootstraps to Share of Tucson. Our primary project (and in many years our only project) is the community bicycle education center known as BICAS. The early history of Bootstraps, which led organically to the forming of our BICAS project, is given below. QUALIFIES FOR AZ CHARITABLE TAX CREDIT

Big Brothers Big Sisters Since 1963, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona has been changing youth’s lives by matching them with caring adults to guide them on a path to success. Big Brothers Big Sisters Website QUALIFIES FOR AZ CHARITABLE TAX CREDIT

Boys and Girls Club Imagine a place where who you are, where you’re from or the circumstances that surround you don’t determine your access to experiences or opportunities. Boys and Girls Club Website QUALIFIES FOR AZ CHARITABLE TAX CREDIT

Cakes for Causes  Building A Sweeter Community by Healing, appreciating, and showing our community members they are valued through our sugar art.  Cakes for Causes Website

Cascade Foundation (Please make sure to select my name on the donation page.) The Cascade Foundations mission is focused on providing a local support system for the bleeding disorder community in Southern Arizona. That system includes patient and family education, financial assistance, advocacy, community awareness, access to quality healthcare and medical research funding.  Cascade Foundation Website

Children’s Clinics  provides a family centered comprehensive medical home to meet the special needs of children and families. They are committed to providing exceptional care in a respectful and caring environment. All Funds raised are used to help kids remain active in sports and Play.Children’s Clinics Website

Davis Phinney Foundation mission to help people with Parkinson’s live well with the disease. It was founded in 2004 by Davis Phinney, the former professional road bicycle racer and Olympic medal winner. Davis Phinney Foundation Website

Easterseals Blake Foundation is dedicated to the vision of a Southern Arizona community where all people live healthy, productive, and independent lives. Founded in Tucson in 1950, EBF serves more than 44,000 children, adults, and families throughout 10 Arizona counties annually. Blake Foundation Website  QUALIFIES FOR AZ CHARITABLE TAX CREDIT

El Tour De Tucson We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit that produces bicycling events for community, charity and wellness.

El Grupo Youth Cycling El Grupo is a youth cycling organization that provides youth with experiences that are fun, skill-building, and bike centered, so that they can acquire the self confidence and leadership skills to be active and healthy members of the community. El Grupo Youth Cycling QUALIFIES FOR AZ CHARITABLE TAX CREDIT

Friends of Aphasia Imagine struggling to say your own name, to write a simple email, or to read the newspaper. These are realities for individuals living with aphasia. Friends of Aphasia Website

Friends of Pima Animal Care Center Friends of PACC exists to support Pima Animal Care Center and enhance its efforts to save the lives of pets in need. Friends of Pima Animal Care Center

Friends Of Michael  provide assistance – including financial – to families across the country whose children are fighting a brain tumor.   Friends for Michael Website

Into-Africa  is an international non-profit, Gospel-centered, humanitarian organization with chartered affiliates in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Namibia, and, soon, Tanzania. Into-Africa Website

Look! Save a Life We aim to foster an environment of safety for all who utilize our public byways.  “SAFETY IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY.”  Look! Save a Life Website

Ronald McDonald House   Ronald McDonald House Charities help families stay near the care their sick children need. A family far from home with a hospitalized child has many things to worry about and where they’ll stay and how they’ll afford it should not be among them. Ronald McDonald House Charities Website QUALIFIES FOR AZ CHARITABLE TAX CREDIT

St. Elizabeth’s Health care for Breast Cancer  St. Elizabeth’s medical providers are able to provide diagnosis and treatment for uninsured women who may not have otherwise had the means to pay for their healthcare. We provide early detection services to those in need, treatment services as well as education to those learning about their risks, and a helping hand to those diagnosed with breast cancer, along with their loved ones, as they navigate through this disease. Saint Elizabeth’s Health Care QUALIFIES FOR AZ CHARITABLE TAX CREDIT

TIHAN Support for people living with HIV. By bringing together religious, secular, corporate and non-profit organizations, TIHAN is creating an inclusive support network for people living with HIV TIHAN website QUALIFIES FOR AZ CHARITABLE TAX CREDIT

Tu Nidito is dedicated to a mission of creating a community of acceptance and understanding regarding children in grief. It is their vision that no child grieves alone.  Tu Nidito Website QUALIFIES FOR AZ CHARITABLE TAX CREDIT

Uphill Into The Wind  A body at rest will remain at rest until acted upon by an outside force. Uphill Into The Wind strives to be that outside force by putting bodies on bikes (BOB) and setting them in motion.Uphill Into The Wind Website



For El Tour De Tucson I am raising funds  for multiple charities. To make a donation see the Links at the bottom of this blog. If it is easier, please send a check made out to your charity of choice to Long Realty ATTN: Damion Alexander   1890 E. River Rd. Tucson AZ 85750

Some press clippings about the ride. Article from past El Tour Ride for charities

My intent is not only to raise much needed funds, but also to introduce Tucson to all of the incredible beneficiaries who benefit from El Tour De Tucson.

When you raise funds for a charity you receive a free entry into El Tour. As I’m riding for multiple charities and get one entry from each charity , and I’ll be donating the additional entries to needy cyclists and El Grupo Youth Cycling to give kids an opportunity to experience the largest ride we have here in the Old Pueblo.

As much as I’d appreciate a donation, I’d prefer you register to ride for one of the charities yourself.  A nice bonus for you is each charity has “goodies” they give back to those who ride and raise funds. Every one is different, but all include an entry into El Tour De Tucson and an event shirt. One charity, Uphill into the Wind, will even provide you with a bike to use in the event if you do not have one. Many have cycling jerseys or kits, some have professional coaches, and group rides.Click Here to Register for one of the El Tour Beneficiaries

Talking about group training rides. If you are looking for people your speed to spin around with, I put out a ride list and am happy to add you to the mail list if you send an email to . Please put “ride list” in the comments.