This Saturday, August 9, hundreds of women will gather for the third year on the campus of Lake Forest College to take part in Venus de Miles, the annual fundraiser benefiting Greenhouse Scholars, an education organization that inspires and supports extraordinary college students from low income communities to change the trajectory of their lives, as well as their families and communities.
The all-women's non-competitive bike ride features three course options -- 13, 28 and 64 miles -- welcoming riders of all ability levels, from newbies to experienced cyclists. Along the course, riders will be treated to delicious snacks provided by Whole Foods, G.H. Cretors Popped Corn, Hi I'm Skinny Snacks, and electrolyte enhanced water from Nuun, keeping them nourished and hydrated all the way to the finish line.
The fun continues as riders cross the finish line. The post-ride festival features gourmet food as well as cocktails provided by North Shore Distillery, beer from Goose Island, delicious Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream, and spa services provided by Tricoci University of Beauty Culture.
Not only is Venus de Miles a great way to enjoy a beautiful summer Saturday in Lake Forest with friends and family, but it's also a fantastic way to give back to the community. While an unforgettable experience for the riders, the funds raised through the ride helps to transform the lives of the 88 exceptional students currently in the Greenhouse Scholars program. Several of the Illinois Scholars will participate in the event, providing an opportunity for riders to meet some of the students benefiting from the ride.
"Venus de Miles is an extraordinary celebration of sisterhood and community," said Andra Pool, Chief Operating Officer, Greenhouse Scholars. "The funds raised help us to provide comprehensive support -- both in terms of scholarships and essential personal and professional mentoring -- to the remarkable students in our program. The Scholars from Illinois are leaders within their communities and universities, and are on the path to positively impact the lives of people around the world."
In addition to riders, Greenhouse Scholars relies on volunteers to help make this one-of-a-kind event a great experience for all involved. Individual and group volunteer opportunities are still available for men and women in a variety of capacities. Positions include packet pick-up, course marshal, gear check, and more. Specialized positions such as medical support, mechanics and musicians are also available.
Also taking place in Lake Forest Saturday evening is The Community Table, a gourmet farm dinner held at historic Elawa Farm featuring a multi-course meal prepared by Zoë Schor of Chicago's Ada Street. Proceeds from this event also support Greenhouse Scholars.
To register or volunteer for Venus de Miles, visit: www.illinois.venusdemiles.com
More information and tickets for The Community Table is available here: http://www.ghscommunitytable.org/