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July 28, 2003


 



Action Cycling Atlanta Announces Bike Ride Victory Party: First Atlanta-Athens Bike Ride Nets $45,000 for Emory Vaccine Center HIV/AIDS Research



ATLANTA ó Action Cycling Atlanta (ACA) will hold a victory party on Sunday, August 10 to celebrate the results of the Action Cycling 200 ≠≠ the first ever charitable fundraising bike ride from Atlanta to Athens and back, held May 31 and June 1 of this year. The victory party will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Park Tavern, corner of 10th and Monroe on Piedmont Park. Complimentary drinks and refreshments will be provided by Park Tavern.

Cyclists, crew members and volunteers completing the 200-mile trek raised $45,000 in sponsorship dollars targeted to the HIV/AIDS vaccine research efforts of the Emory Vaccine Center. In addition to presenting the Vaccine Center with a check at the victory party, ACA will provide additional details on the success of the AC200 and the research impact of the fundraising effort.

Representatives from the Emory Vaccine Center will discuss the centerís significant progress in HIV/AIDS vaccine research, the status of the Emory-developed vaccine, which is currently in clinical trials, and the continuing importance of research funding. ACA also will announce plans for additional fundraising events in 2003 that will help the cyclists reach their goal of contributing $100,000 to the Emory Vaccine Center. Dates for the 2004 AC200 also will be announced.

Action Cycling Atlanta (ACA) includes cyclists from diverse backgrounds who share common interests in physical fitness and philanthropy. ACA was founded when a group of 17 Atlanta cyclists participated in the 2002 European AIDS Vaccine Ride and raised $100,000. The members of ACA are committed to responsible and ethical charitable fundraising practices. For more information on ACA, please visit http://www.actioncycling.org.


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