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Lake Norman Excursion brings in $35,000 for Red Cross

Lake Norman Fundraiser for Red Cross Relief
The money raised will help people right here in our community who experience a disaster or need life-saving training.

The fifth annual Lake Norman Excursion bicycle ride on Saturday, July 14, brought in $35,000 for the local American Red Cross.

The fundraiser, sponsored by Lowe’s and CoolBreeze Cyclery, drew more than 800 people who enjoyed a 5K walk/run and bicycle rides.

“We are thrilled with the success of this year’s event,” said Angela A. Broome, regional CEO of the local Red Cross. “The money raised will help people right here in our community who experience a disaster or need life-saving training.”

The Excursion is held every year on the Lowe’s campus in Mooresville. In addition to their local support, Lowe’s is a member of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program. Together with their customers, Lowe’s has contributed more than $23 million to the Red Cross since 1999. The funds enable the Red Cross to open shelters, feed and comfort families and help them take critical steps toward recovery wherever disaster strikes across the country.

“Taking part in the Lake Norman Excursion and hosting the event is just one small way we support the American Red Cross,” said race participant and Lowe’s executive Mike Mabry. “To see the energy and participants coming together for a great cause was amazing. Lowe’s has been a national partner of the American Red Cross since 1999 and is proud to be part of this event.”

The Lake Norman Excursion is a family-friendly event that features challenging 40-, 68- and 100-mile bicycle rides as well as a Family Fun 10-mile ride and closed-loop 5K run. To learn more about the Lake Norman Excursion, visit

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please join our blog.

About Lowe’s

Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company’s signature education grant program, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education®, has donated nearly $5 million in grants to K-12 public schools every year since its inception in 2006. Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross. In 2011, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $32 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit

About CoolBreeze:

Founded in 2006, Cool Breeze of Lake Norman is an independently owned company dedicated to the development of cyclists at every level. With two locations off I77 in the Lake Norman area—Cool Breeze Cyclery at exit 33 and Trek Bicycle Store of Charlotte at exit 18—Cool Breeze offers training, education, community events and superior products and services all designed to promote recreation, life balance and health & wellness.