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RECORD-BREAKING 2000 BICYCLISTS WILL PEDAL FROM PHILADELPHIA TO ATLANTIC CITY FOR THE 27th ANNUAL IRISH PUB TOUR DE SHORE
65-mile ride to benefit the Irish Pub Children’s Foundation by raising money to local children charities and the families of fallen police officers and firefighters.
PHILADELPHIA – (July 21, 2014) – This Sunday, July 27th, while most of Philadelphia is still sleeping, 2,000 enthusiastic cyclists will take to the bumpy streets of Philly and winding roads of South Jersey for the 27th Annual Irish Pub Tour de Shore. This year marks the largest Irish Pub Tour de Shore to date, with registration closing in June due to the overwhelming number of riders hoping to take part in this popular fundraiser.
This 65-mile bike ride to Atlantic City benefits the Irish Pub Children’s Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to raising funds for Greater Philadelphia and South Jersey-based children-oriented charitable endeavors. In more recent years, the IPCF hosts the Irish Pub Tour de Shore to support the families of fallen police officers and firefighters.
With a tradition of tremendous success, raising $624,000 in 2013, and pushing hard to reach their goal of $700,000 for 2014, the Irish Pub Children’s Foundation will again donate to local police, firefighters and children’s charities. The Philadelphia and South Jersey Area, like so many other communities, have been struck with the tragedy of losing police officers in the line of duty. Last year, the Irish Pub Children’s Foundation donated to over 23 local police, fire and children’s charities. Such charities included the FOP Survivors Fund, the Philadelphia Police Athletic League (PAL), the Daniel Faulkner Educational Grant Fund, the Atlantic City Police Athletic League, and additional children’s focused charities in the tri-state area.
The ride will begin at The Irish Pub on 20th and Walnut promptly at 7:00 AM on Sunday, July 27th. Notable participants include Phillies Broadcaster Gregg Murphy, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman, NBC10’s Deanna Durante, Maureen Faulkner, widow of slain officer Daniel Faulkner, Casey Boy of WMMR’s Preston & Steve Show and Comcast SportsNet’s Dei Lynam. They will ride alongside selfless bikers who trained in the sweltering heat the last few weeks.
The event, which has become a true labor of love for the Irish Pub staff and friends, was created in 1987 when Cathy Burke and Mark O’Connor, owners of the Irish Pub, were looking for ways to give back to the community and bridge the gap between the Irish Pubs in Philadelphia and Atlantic City. “27 years ago, this ride started out with 20 riders,” says Mark O’Connor, co-owner of the Irish Pub and President of the Irish Pub Children’s Foundation, “and has now exceeded our wildest expectations. What was once a casual ride of 20 has now become a “can’t miss” Delaware Valley event every summer.”
Riders will pedal freely across the Ben Franklin Bridge when it is temporarily closed to traffic from approximately 7:00 AM to 7:45 AM. Admiral Wilson Boulevard will also be closed eastbound from the base of the Ben Franklin Bridge to Morgan Boulevard from approximately 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM.
The tented parking lot of the Irish Pub and Inn in Atlantic City, 164 St. James Place at the Boardwalk, will host a “Finish Line Block Party”, complete with a raucous cheer zone, plentiful food, an exciting raffle, and ice cold beverages, that is free to all participating riders. The after party is free to riders and volunteers. A donation fee of $20 is required for family and friends, and children are $10.
For more information about the Irish Pub Tour de Shore, including a map of the route, please visit the Irish Pub web site at www.irishpubphilly.com.
About The Irish Pub
The Irish Pub in Atlantic City, founded by Cathy and Richard Burke and celebrating its 40th Anniversary as an Atlantic City institution, opened its doors in Philadelphia 32 years ago. The Irish Pub Children’s Foundation (IPCF), Inc. is a Tri- State based charity dedicated to helping children in need throughout the region. As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the IPCF has worked with a number of local charities benefiting countless number of children. With a history spanning over two decades, the IPCF continues its mission to improve the lives of children in the Tri-State area. Zagat listed the Irish Pub in the Top Ten Irish Pubs in the country in 2007. The Irish Pub is also last year’s winner of The National Restaurant Association’s 2013 “Restaurant Neighbor Award” for its outstanding charitable service initiatives.