Ironman Foundation continues Hurricane Michael relief efforts with concert
FROM THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION
The IRONMAN Foundation will return to Panama City Beach for IRONMAN® Florida on Saturday, Nov. 2 to activate Humanitarian Relief initiatives in response to Hurricane Michael with the support of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Ryan Kinder.
As part of the response initiatives, the IRONMAN Foundation will grant multiple Humanitarian Relief Effort grants awarded in partnership with HOKA ONE ONE and the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, along with a grant funded by IRONMAN Announcer Tom Ziebart’s Tour de Tom campaign.
In partnership with FLO Cycling, the IRONMAN Foundation will host a “Bike for a Kid” pop-up service project in the IRONMAN Village Wednesday, Oct. 30 through Friday, Nov. 1. Additionally, the IRONMAN Foundation will distribute $125,000 in charitable giveback to nonprofit initiatives and groups in the Panama City region, bringing the total awarded to date to more than $1 million in conjunction with IRONMAN 70.3 Gulf Coast and IRONMAN Florida. (IRONMAN Village is located at Boardwalk Beach Resort.)
“IRONMAN is about creating a sense of community, and through the support and generosity of our athletes like Ryan Kinder and partners like HOKA ONE ONE and the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, we hope to be able to make a tangible difference in Bay County’s continued recovery,” said Sarah Hartmann, IRONMAN Foundation Executive Director.
Ryan Kinder will participate in events throughout the race weekend, including racing with TEAM IMF alongside 10-year NFL veteran and longtime IRONMAN Foundation supporter Don Davey and IMF Ambassador Derek Fitzgerald, the first heart transplant recipient and cancer survivor to finish an IRONMAN® triathlon, as well as volunteering with athletes, partners and staff for the IRONMAN Foundation’s hands-on community rebuilding project. Additionally, Kinder will perform at the exclusive “Concert for Relief” event at the IRONMAN Florida Welcome Banquet, where he’ll encourage participants to bring a children’s toy or non-perishable food item for the chance to win prizes. Children’s toys will be delivered by Kinder’s charity Kinder’s Kids to youth impacted by Hurricane Michael.
The IRONMAN Foundation has established multiple initiatives to continue Hurricane Michael relief efforts, which devastated Panama City Beach and the surrounding Bay County in October 2018. With support from HOKA ONE ONE, the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, Ryan Kinder and the global IRONMAN community, activations will kick off a series of events ahead of and during the race weekend:
- Wednesday, October 30 - Friday, November 1 - Bike for a Kid in IRONMAN Village, where participants will build 100 new bikes which will be donated, along with 100 helmets, to local children.
- Thursday, October 31 - Ryan Kinder will perform the “Concert for Relief” at the Welcome Banquet, starting at 5:30 p.m. Following the concert, the IRONMAN Foundation will award multiple Humanitarian Relief Effort grants in partnership with HOKA ONE ONE and the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, as well IRONMAN Announcer Tom Ziebart’s Tour de Tom campaign.
- Saturday, November 2 - Race day with TEAM IMF athletes Ryan Kinder and NFL veteran Don Davey, along with IMF Ambassador Derek Fitzgerald, the first heart transplant recipient and cancer survivor to finish an IRONMAN® triathlon.
- Sunday, November 3 - Join the IRONMAN Foundation’s Service Project Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. along with 150 athletes, volunteers, staff, and partners to rebuild local homes in partnership with international disaster rebuilding partners, All Hands and Hearts and Team Rubicon. Nutrition, hydration and event t-shirts will be provided. Registration at www.ironmanfoundation.org/florida.
To support the IRONMAN Foundation Humanitarian Relief Effort Campaign, visit www.ironmanfoundation.org/relief. For more information on the community rebuilding project on Nov. 3, go to www.ironmanfoundation.org/florida.