The 5th annual Tour de Slate Bike Ride, August 6, 2022.

This is a fundraising event where all the net proceeds go to Teen Challenge Vermont.

Why are we holding this event? Vermont has one of the highest illicit drug usage rates in the nation. Almost everyone knows of someone, a neighbor, a co-worker, a friend, whose family has been impacted by this epidemic. According to some surveys, Teen Challenge is the most successful drug and alcohol abuse recovery program in the nation. It is totally funded by private donations and other fundraising events. No one is turned away due to lack of funds. Teen Challenge’s 3-pronged approach includes prevention programs in schools, the men’s resident program, and the newly opened women’s resident program.

This year there are 5 routes:
1. A metric century - for avid road cyclists
2. A 40 mile Groad ride (partial gravel, partial paved)
3. A 36 mile road ride
4. A 25 mile road ride
5. A rail/trails ride (family-friendly)

What can you do to help?
*Be a Slate Level sponsor.
*Provide items for the riders’ goodie bags.
*Provide items for the rest areas.
*Provide an item for the “Surprise Prize” Table.

Tour de Slate 2022

All the net proceeds go to Adult and Teen Challenge, Vermont.

Vermont has one of the highest illicit drug usage rates in the nation. Almost everyone knows of someone, a neighbor, a co-worker, a friend, whose family has been impacted by this epidemic. According to some surveys, Teen Challenge is the most successful drug and alcohol abuse recovery program in the nation. It is totally funded by private donations and other fundraising events. No one is ever turned away due to lack of funds. Teen Challenge’s 3-pronged approach includes prevention programs in schools, the men’s resident program, and the newly opened women’s resident program.

This year's event will occur on August 6, 2022. This will be the fifth year of the ride. Each year has seen significant growth with an average increase in funds raised approximately 28% annually. Even during the last two years amid the Covid-19 pandemic and its resulting restrictions, the increase in funds raised were in that percentage range. Last year, 2021, $32,000.00 was donated. Our goal for this year is to again see a significant increase with a target goal of $35,000.00. Our expense level has been less than 16% of gross revenue, with a “cost to raise donations” ratio of less than 1.7%. These figures would give Tour de Slate a “highly efficient” rating by charity watch groups.

 

The rides will start and finish in Middletown Springs, Vt. and will be followed by a scrumptious hot lunch/dinner served on the green in Middletown Springs. The Tour de Slate is made up of five different routes designed to provide an enjoyable ride no matter what your level of experience. The most challenging routes are a metric century (100km) road ride and a 40 mile 'groad' (combination gravel and paved) ride. The additional choices of 36 or 25 mile routes or family (off road rails to trails) will ensure that there is a ride suitable for everyone. The Tour de Slate is aptly named as it tours the world-renowned Slate Valley of western Vermont and bordering New York state.

 

Projected Attendance: 500 (this includes riders, volunteers and friends).

Target Audience: General public but specifically riders, volunteers and friends.

What was the attendance last year? Approximately 300 (100 riders,+ volunteers and friends)

 

Who benefits from this event?

All net proceeds from the event get donated to Teen Challenge, VT. At any given point in time there are about 40 - 50 residents in their program. However, that is only part of the story. For each resident, there are many extended family members whose lives will also be improved by the success of this program. In last year's event there were about 20 riders from the program and about 10 volunteers. The riders did considerable fundraising and many, many family members contributed to their efforts. There is now a women's residential facility where broken, abused women suffering from many societal issues can find peace, safety and restoration. Also there is a location in Rutland where men are being served. It is an entry portal to the Johnson, Vt. men's residential facility.


Please visit our website at: www.tourdeslate.org.

 

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Stan Achey, Event Director - Tour de Slate

President, Tour de Slate, Inc.

Below are the sponsorship levels and below that are other ways to help.
For more information please email us at: info@tourdeslate.org

You can help end addiction in Vermont with a Tour de Slate sponsorship. Your gift directly supports a long term rehabilitation program in Vermont. Please sponsor today.
Sponsorship levels are named for slate colors found along the tour routes through the Slate Valley.

 

Slate Color – Royal Purple $2500.00+
(This level of donation supports 3 clients for 450 days.*)

  • Promotion Display on Green

  • Acknowledgment at Event

  • Acknowledgment on social media – Tour de Slate and Teen Challenge

  • Acknowledgment and logo - Tour de Slate and Teen Challenge websites

  • 4 Rider registrations

  • Name and logo on Ride T Shirt

 

Slate Color – Unfading Red $1000.00
(This level of donation supports 3 clients for 200 days.*)

  • Acknowledgment on social media – Tour de Slate and Teen Challenge

  • Acknowledgment and logo - Tour de Slate and Teen Challenge websites

  • 3 Rider registrations

  • Name and logo on ride T Shirt

 

Slate Color – Unfading Green $500.00
(This level of donation supports 3 clients for 100 days.*)

  • 2 Rider registrations

  • Name and logo on ride T Shirt

 

Slate Color – Vermont Black $250.00
(This level of donation supports 3 clients for 50 days.*)

  • 1 Rider registration

  • Name and logo on Ride T Shirt

 

Slate Color – Vermont Grey $150.00
(This level of donation supports 3 clients for 30 days.*)

  • Name on Ride T Shirt

 

Make Checks payable to: Tour de Slate Inc. (a 501(c)3 organization)

Mail to: Tour de Slate, Box 1012, Middletown Springs VT, 05757
www.tourdeslate.org info@tourdeslate.org phone 802-558-0934

NOTE: For clients who complete the 450 day Teen Challenge program, 85% are successful in their goal of ending addiction .

No client is turned away because of lack of funding.

                           What can you do to help?

Donate product that represents your business, such as product, a gift certificate, etc.

Your business will be associated with the gift and be recognized.

Folks attending the event will have an opportunity to win one or more of these gifts.


NOTE: For clients who complete the 450 day Teen Challenge program, 87% are successful
in their goal of ending addiction. No client is turned away because of lack of funding.