Dorel Sports, which owns the Cannondale, Schwinn, GT and Mongoose bicycle brands, has donated $25,000 to an effort to continue building the Norwalk River Valley Trail in Wilton.
According to a press release from Dorel, President and CEO Peter Woods sees the NRVT as a “natural fit for the company and a great opportunity for Dorel to support cycling in its local community.”
“Our mission at Dorel Sports is to get more people riding bikes. The work the NRVT does is critical for this to happen. We are delighted to support their efforts to make cycling more accessible in our community,” said Woods.
In addition to their monetary donation, Dorel also supports the NRVT with graphic design and printing services.
NRVT Chairman, Patricia Sesto, acknowledges the value of in-kind services. “We raise every dollar for everything we do. In-kind services, such as helping us with our marketing material, are huge and allow us to use more of the donated funds toward actually building the trail.”
The immediate fundraising goal for 2015 is $250,000 to get on the trail builder’s schedule to build another half-mile of trail north of Sharp Hill and complete the connection with 500 feet of trail along the south end of Horseshoe Pond.
The committee is looking forward to surpassing the immediate goal and raising enough to take the trail out to Skunk Lane.
According to Sesto, “Our overall goal in Wilton is $500,000 for the 2015 building season. The $250,000 is the minimum we need to set things in motion.”