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Sports And Entertainment Celebrities Join Together To Cycle For Charity

By Fabiola Antunes
In Culture
April 8, 2015


 MANHATTAN BEACH, CA – From the soccer field, to the race track, Olympians, pro-athletes and celebrities from various sports and entertainment fields ban together to help create awareness and find a cure for cancer at the 3rd Annual Tour de Pier held on Sunday, May 17 at the iconic Manhattan Beach Pier. Celebrities and pro-athletes will be cycling to help raise money and awareness for three cancer charities: the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, the Uncle Kory Foundation and the Cancer Support Community of Redondo Beach.

Celebrity supporters feature:

·  Professional Soccer Players: Landon Donovan and Alexi Lalas

·  Olympians: Tony Cruz (cyclist); George Hincapie (cyclist); Eric Fonoimoana (gold medal volleyball champion); Heather Petri (gold medalist in water polo) and Kerri Walsh (3x gold medal volleyball champion)

·  Professional athletes Craig Hummer (Ironman champion) and Jeff Louder (professional cyclist)

·  Professional Race Car Driver: Townsend Bell (indy car and NBCSN color commentator)

·  Celebrity Guests: David Tutera (wedding and entertainment expert, WE tv) and Rob Stone (Fox Sports 1 host)

“I’m thrilled to support Tour de Pier and its beneficiaries and efforts to raise much-needed funds for cancer research and wellness,” said Townsend Bell, professional race car driver. “As much as I love auto racing, I am also an avid cyclist.” He added, “Raising funds through physical philanthropy at Tour de Pier is an incredible way to support the cause and help raise awareness for the charities.”

Since the inaugural, award-winning Tour de Pier three years ago, more celebrity sports figures have geared up to join cycling supporters to pedal towards a cure for cancer. “We are honored to have these amazing professional athletes and celebrities be a part of the Tour de Pier team,” said Heath Gregory, co-founder, Tour de Pier. “Our athletes and celebrities supporters have been touched by cancer, which fuels their support of our cause. They recognize the more awareness and support we can provide for collaborative cancer research, the faster we can save countless lives.”

The Tour de Pier brings one of the hottest indoor fitness activities – stationary cycling – to the gorgeous outdoors. Participants will be overlooking the Manhattan Beach Pier and riding in place while taking in a Southern California iconic ocean view. The South Bay’s best instructors and celebrity guests will spin more than 1,100 riders through a four-hour session with energizing music and loads of excitement. The Tour de Pier will feature a Health & Fitness Expo with a Kid Zone including games and activities as well as entertainment. For more information or to register, please visit www.tourdepier.com.


Founded in 1997, the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing pancreatic cancer research, and providing information, resources, and support to pancreatic cancer patients and their families. In February 2015, the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA introduced the UCLA Agi Hirshberg Center for Pancreatic Cancer Diseases made possible by the generous $10 million in gifts to UCLA from Hirshberg. For more information, visit www.pancreatic.org.

For nearly 26 years, the Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach has been offering a free program for cancer patients, their families and loved-ones. Their goal is to help as many cancer patients as possible recover from the physical and emotional effects of cancer to the greatest extent possible. Their psychological support and educational programs are designed to address the loss of control, hopelessness and social isolation that cancer patients and their families often experience. For more information, visit www.cancersupportredondobeach.org.

The Uncle Kory Foundation is a nonprofit organization inspired by the life of Kory Lewis Hunter. Their mission is to advance innovative and collaborative brain cancer research. For more information, visit www.unclekory.org.


Jon Hirshberg, who started the first LA Cancer Challenge after the loss of his father Ron in 1997, came across the idea of doing a spin bike fundraiser after learning about an event that raised more than $3 million in one day at cycling studios across the country. He approached his friend and long-time cycling enthusiast, Heath Gregory, about the idea of putting on a one-day event in their hometown of Manhattan Beach, CA. Coincidentally, Gregory had participated in a similar event produced by Livestrong in Barcelona during the 2009 Tour de France and vividly remembered hundreds of riders moving in unison all for a common cause. With the Hirshberg Foundation on board to produce the event and a team of board members eager to participate, planning for the Tour de Pier began.

After months of preparation, the Inaugural Tour de Pier was held in May 2013 at the iconic Manhattan Beach Pier and raised more than $339,000 for local charities. With the unprecedented projected success of the Tour de Pier, the City of Manhattan Beach granted approval for the following year within three days of the event.

In March 2014, the City of Manhattan Beach Parks & Recreation Department won a prestigious award for Outstanding Special Event for the Tour De Pier, presented by the State of California Association of Parks and Recreation Commissioners. Competing against other cities throughout California, Tour de Pier was recognized as an event that significantly contributes to the overall betterment of the community. For more information, please visit www.tourdepier.com.

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