Cascade Honors Bike Heroes--and Gives Away E-Bike--at 2021 Bike Everywhere Breakfast
Kaiser Permanente, Ed Ewing, and Gary Fujioka Sr. honored at the annual fundraiser with a theme of ‘Bikes Make the Difference.’
Video appearances by SDOT Director Sam Zimbabwe and King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci.
Announcement about expansion of Pedaling Relief Project.
With a theme of “Bikes Make the Difference,” Cascade Bicycle Club will hold its annual Kaiser Permanente Bike Everywhere Breakfast next Tuesday (May 4), where it will honor significant members of the bicycling community for their contributions, and show a short video celebrating the important role that bicycles have made during these challenging times.
The one-hour virtual event begins at 8 a.m. on Tuesday and will be shown on Youtube via LiveStream. Anyone with an interest in bicycles is invited to sign up for the free event. Donations are welcomed, and anyone who signs up by Friday, April 30, will have the opportunity to win an IZIP electric bike, which will be awarded at the conclusion of the events.
Awards, Honors and Speakers
Cascade’s Partner of the Year award will be given to Kaiser Permanente. The Doug Walker Award will go to Edward Ewing, and the Volunteer of the Year is Gary Fujioka Sr. See bios for each of the award winners below.
Board of Directors President Tamara Schmautz will deliver brief remarks about the state of the organization and its work, and she will make an announcement about an expansion to the Pedaling Relief Project, which uses bicycles to deliver and rescue food and essential supplies in partnership with seven Seattle food banks.
Cascade Board of Directors member Marley Blonsky of “All Bodies on Bikes,” will make a guest appearance.
Bios of Award Winners
Partner of the Year: Kaiser Permanente
The Kaiser Permanente (KP) mission, vision and theme of “smarter together” has remained strong over many years as KP has been a historical partner for Cascade Bicycle Club. Kaiser Permanente Washington serves more than 710,170 members and supports the health of communities in Northwest Washington, Central Washington, Eastern Washington, the Coastal and Olympic region, and Puget Sound. Cascade is thankful for all of the Kaiser Permanente’s support in past years and most importantly 2021. Kaiser Permanente has supported a variety of programs and initiatives at Cascade over many years, including:
Kaiser Permanente Bike Everywhere Breakfast
Kaiser Permanente Virtual STP Presented by Alaska Airlines
Major Taylor Project / Ride for Major Taylor
Statewide Advocacy: WA Bike Summit
East Side Greenway Alliance
Emerald City Bike Ride Presented by Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente STP Presented by Alaska Airlines
Volunteer of the Year: Gary Fujioka Sr.
Gary Fujioka Sr. is a skilled photographer and videographer whose images have enhanced many Cascade projects and marketing initiatives. His work can be seen in the Cascade 50th Anniversary video, photographs of our Chilly Hilly ride, the Give Big video, Ride in the Rain video, and most recently as the creator of a video promoting Cascade’s newest ride, the Gig Harbor Tour Lite. Chosen by staff, the Volunteer of the Year is awarded a complimentary family membership, a Cascade jersey, and Bib #1 for the entire Cascade event season.
Doug Walker Award: Edward Ewing
Executive Director of Bike Works, Edward Ewing, has a passion for racial equity, diversity, and inclusion, and has developed and implemented successful equity-focused programs and initiatives that present community-minded solutions. In 2007, Ewing co-founded and directed the Major Taylor Project. He is a Board member of USA Cycling, and the USA Cycling Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force. Originally from Minneapolis, Ewing developed a love for cycling through family bike trips and riding to work with his father. He started bike racing in 1983 and actively races to this day.
Please join us on May 4, 2021 at 8 a.m. If you are unable to attend; please consider a donation to support Cascade’s community work: https://cascade.org/2021breakfast