Mt. Charlie Challenge Pledge Ride Meeting February 3rd

SVEF is holding a Mt. Charlie Challenge Pledge Ride meeting on Wednesday February 3rd.  It will be at SVMS’s Library at 7pm.  We welcome new volunteers to help with this fun event.  We need persons for the planning, rest stops, food organizing, volunteer coordinating, SAG vehicle drivers – lots of fun stuff.

Stay tune for the registration forms and training rides.  Get out those bikes and dust them off.

Another Great Bike Ride!

The Mt. Charlie Challenge was great, a good time was had by all.  The weather was perfect, everyone enjoyed the ride and all went smoothly.  Thank you everyone for joining us and helping us to raise over $19,000. for Scotts Valley Public Schools.

Our Volunteers were incredible again.  We had our core bike committee group, SAG persons, rest stop persons, and some great volunteers from our Educational Foundation, Kiwanis and Scotts Valley High School Key Club, Century 21 Showcase and many many others.  Thank you all.

Donations can still be mailed into SVEF at 4444 Scotts Valley Drive, Ste 5b, Scotts Valley, CA 95066

Mt Charlie Challenge Day of the Ride Information

Saturday April 25th, rain or shine we will have our 7th annual Mt. Charlie Challenge Ride.  Our ride is a pledge ride and we raise funds for our four schools in our district.  If you haven’t signed up and would like to ride we will be taking new registrations that morning.  Since you won’t be able to raise pledges, we ask for a $55. donation.  The ride registration is $45. and with $55. donation your check should be made out to SVEF for $100.  Please bring your pledges that you have collected to registration or call Paula 438-0172 or Charlotte 334-7279 to arrange a drop off before.

We open registration at 7am at Skypark at the Scotts Valley Recreation Building off Kings Village Road.  A goodie bag will be given out until we run out of them.  If you pre-registered you are guaranteed  a goodie bag with t-shirt and extra’s goodies!  We do have some extra’s for last minute registrations as well.

This year our 100k and 50k riders will go out together with a mass start at 8:00am lead out by our Scotts Valley’s Finest Police Officers – probably Officer Hohmann.

We will have vehicles that will provide SAG support – they will have extra water, first aide, bike pumps, some food and smiles.   All the rest stops will have the same.  Rest stops and SAG will be driving through to 2:00pm.  If at any time you would like a ride in, let our SAG groups know.  On your maps there are SAG persons phone numbers.  Keep in mind, some may not have reception on top of Highland Way, for a short time.  You can always call Charlotte’s cell and she will reach someone for you 334-7279.

Come and enjoy the day with us while we support our schools.

SVEF Mt Charlie Challenge in the news

Thanks to the Press Banner for their news item on our upcoming fundraising bicycle event. Don’t miss an opportunity to get your photo at the start in next year’s newspaper. You can read more about it here.

Group Ride Sunday 9am 4/19/09

It isn’t too late to sign up for the Mt. Charlie Challenge. A few details here:
This year we will have the 100k and the 50k rides going out together at 8am. Check in will start 7:30am. The BBQ will be from 11-3. SAG support stops at 2pm. We have some great rest stops and ride support, please join us on this fun day.

Last Group Ride Before the Big Event!
We have one last group ride this Sunday, before our big event the following Saturday, starting from Cyclesport in Scotts Valley.  Sunday April 19th at 9am, David will lead out a training ride.

Support the 7th Mt. Charlie Challenge Bike Ride

We are moving along with our 2009 Mt. Charlie Challenge Bike Ride and looking for this year’s sponsors.  We will be printing and distributing 11×17 posters all over Scotts Valley, Los Gatos, and Santa Cruz County, advertising in the local newspapers, and sending out emails to our 2200 person database.  Your name or logo would also be added to our annual t-shirt.  It isn’t too late!

Below is a list of the levels of sponsorship:

Gold Sponsor…$1,000

  • Larger Logo on Bike Ride Shirts
  • 100 Free Raffle Tickets
  • Logo on All Materials
  • plus Bonus 20 Tickets
  • Press Release Listings
  • 2 Bike Ride Shirts
  • Promotion of Your Business at Every Opportunity

Silver Sponsor…$500

  • Logo on Bike Ride Shirts
  • 50 Raffle Tickets
  • Press Release Mention
  • Bike Ride Shirt
  • plus Bonus 10 Tickets

Bronze Sponsor…$250

  • Name on Ride Shirt
  • Bike Ride Shirt
  • 25 Raffle Ticket
  • plus  Bonus 5 Tickets

Checks payable to:
Scotts Valley Educational Foundation
(501(c)(3) tax-exempt status number 77-0006718)

Please contact Charlotte with any questions, or interest that you have, at 831-334-7279.

7th Annual Mt. Charlie Challenge Bike Ride

Sign up for the 7th Annual Mt. Charlie Challenge.  Our event offers a 100K Metric Century (62 miles), climb to the summit, by wineries and beautiful redwoods, then travels through Corralitos, Aptos, Santa Cruz and returns to Scotts Valley. The 50K Half Century (32 miles), has less challenging climbs and travels through the redwoods, has a rest top at a vineyard, continues on to Aptos and returns to Scotts Valley.

See all the information on the Mt. Charlie Challenge event page here.  You can send in your registration form by mail or sign up on

Accomplishments – Did You Know?

Many people ask, “What does SVEF do with the money raised each year?”  Here are a few of the ways we’ve helped our schools:

  1. $61,000 went to restore the libraries to 100%, this year.
  2. $80,000 was donated to help with the technology upgrade for our school district.
  3. $10,000 went towards after-school athletics and school supplies.
  4. $5,000 for art and music programs.
  5. $5,000 for special education programs.
  6. $10,000 towards changing classroom locks and installing blinds for security.
  7. $10,000 to purchase additional computer equipment, and some science department textbooks.
  8. $20,000 for wireless internet, outdoor safety lighting, sound systems for performances, and DVD players for classrooms.

This funding was only for the last couple of years, as an example.  As you can see we have been very busy putting your dollars to good work.

Our top fundraiser is the letter campaign that is going on right now. Please consider making a tax deductible donation today.  Another big fundraising event is our annual Mtn. Charlie Challenge.  It will be held May 2nd this coming year, more information will follow soon.

Mt. Charlie Challenge A Success!

Thanks for Joining Us!
We had a wonderful day on our Mt. Charlie Challenge Century Ride. Preliminary numbers are over $29,000 gross, so that is very exciting. We still have more trickling in, lets see if we can get it over $30k. To turn in pledges please mail them to:
4444 Scotts Valley Dr, Ste 5B
Scotts Valley, CA 95066

Or email me back to arrange a pick up.

Thank you so much for helping to make this such a successful event!

Lost and Found

  • Baggie with money and something else in it – if you can identify it is yours
  • NYPD baseball cap
  • Red & Black fleece zip up sweatshirt
  • Orange coffee mug – Joe Boxer thermos
  • Gray and florescent green zip up jacket

Top Fundraisers
Thank you to John Magliato and Kevin Hausenhauer, who each raised over $2,000 and to all of you for raising so much money for our schools!

You did an awesome job!

Some of the prizes that were awarded are as follows:

  • Cruiser bike from Cyclesport – Eddie Scher
  • Cyclesport Gift Certificate $75. – Kevin Hausenhauer
  • Chaminade Gift Certificate $75 – John Magliato
  • Trader Joe’s Gift Basket $50 and Movie tickets – Gretchen Schmitt
  • Scotts Valley Jeweler Gift Certificate $75 – Susan Silver
  • Fleming Jenkins Awesome bottle of wine – Terry LaPorte
  • Plantronics Blue Tooth headset – Lori West
  • O’Neil Dry Fit Sweatshirt – Matt Bergman
  • O’Neil Dry Fit Sweatshirt – Waverley Software
  • Dr. McGraw teeth whitening session – Roland Bevan

We also had a HP IPAQ hand held device, Kumon Math Basket, Family Reiki Therapeutics’s, Tony & Albas certificates, Supercuts Certificates, Bay Photo Lab certificates, Entergetics Fitness Certificates, World Gym certificate, and Glass School Ornaments. I don’t have the names of all the winners at my fingertips and we are calling all to let them know they have won.

Thanks for supporting SVEF in our raffle!

Opinions and Observations Help Us
What did you like best about the ride? What did you like least? How about the signs or arrows? Could you see them? What one suggestion would you make for a better ride next year?

Ride Day Information!

The 100k ride:
• Check-in & new registrations start 7am
• Mass 100k start 8:00am

The Scotts Valley Middle School Band will be playing between the two check-in periods, so make sure you don’t miss that treat!

The 50k ride:
• Check-in & new registrations start 8am
• Mass 50k start 9:00am

Both rides will feature many rest stops along the way and SAG vehicles will be present. You will get a map at check in that will include cell phone numbers of the people driving the SAG vehicle. If you require assistance or need to be picked up, call them. Keep in mind at the top of Eureka Canyon there may be no cell phone reception.

All SAG Support stops at 2pm so they too can enjoy the BBQ.

• Food served 11-3
• Symptoms of a Wet Guitar band play 12-3
• Raffle prizes will be announced at 2 pm

Cyclesport will be available for last minute maintenance help, if need be.

Course Notice
We wanted to make sure all of you riders that are going up Mt. Charlie for the 100k route are aware that the road is quite rough once you are on Highland Way and Eureka Canyon.

Due to prior mudslides the road is closed to car traffic, which makes it nice for bicycles (no traffic), but the road is a rough surface. Please be aware when going in and out of sunlight that you watch the holes and bumps.

We had our group ride go out that way last weekend and they said it was no problem and beautiful. Since it is closed to car traffic, we will have SAG vehicles on both sides of the barricades.

Course Map
You can view the course map ahead of time at our Mt. Charlie page on our website.


Please bring your pledges with you to check-in. If you were unable to raise pledges, please plan on giving the $55. donation in lieu of pledges.

Directions To Skypark Park
From Santa Cruz: Take Hwy 17 north toward San Jose. Take Mt. Hermon Exit. Follow Mt. Hermon Road strait, go through 2 stoplights, and take the 2nd right into the shopping center (where the theatre sign is). Follow about 1/10 mile, and take a left on Bluebonnet Rd. The parking lot next to the dog park / skate park is up on the left about 100 yards, or so.