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The Salida Chamber of Commerce hosted a fun and engaging party at Riverside Park on Tuesday, June 14, for Ride the Rockies cyclists and the public, while they were on the Salida stopover of this premier Colorado race. As part of the mission of Ride the Rockies, they give back to communities by donating $5,000 to a non-profit, and Chaffee County Search and Rescue-South (CCSAR-S) was the 2022 local recipient.

Evan Paul, Vice President of CCSAR-S, had their team out in the field as course marshals for the Ride the Rockies cyclists ensuring safety for them, and county and state road motorists.

For those who would like to help support Chaffee County Search and Rescue-South, please visit https://www.chaffeesarsouth.org/donations-1  CCSAR-S is a 100 percent unpaid volunteer organization serving the southern portion of Chaffee County, Colorado. Members have one thing in common, a desire to help others who are lost or hurt in the backcountry. CCSAR-S raises their funding through the solicitation of donations from the public and fundraisers.

“Thank you CCSAR-S, “shared the Salida Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lori Roberts. ” We appreciate you. Thank you as well the Ride the Rockies for visiting Salida, dining, shopping, and supporting those who give back.”

Featured image: Volunteers from Chaffee County Search and Rescue-South worked road security for the Ride the Rockies event. Accepting the $5,000 donation are from left to right front row:  Joe Mariola, Rachel Starbuck, handshake left – RTR Tour Director Bill Plock shaking hands with Evan Paul, Molly Knight, Jinan Martini, Belynda Seligman. Second row: Ben Tiefenbrun, and Sam Riddell.