It was organized by Roberta Ganske, who knew after hearing the nonprofit’s director speak at her church that her bike-loving sons would help anchor a team.
The bikes were borrowed from South Central College and Minnesota State University, hauled at no cost by a moving company owned by Partners for Affordable Housing Board President Mark Piepho.
Virtually everything at the event was donated. That included the food as well as volunteers from Elevate, a Mankato non-denominational Christian church that has “adopted” the nonprofit.
The event also brought much-needed name recognition to the nonprofit, CEO Carrol Meyers-Dobler said.
She views her role as stabilizing the nonprofit financially and preparing it for a capital campaign to fund a new shelter.
But when she took over at Partners for Affordable Housing last year, she learned that not many people knew about their work. Even the mention of Theresa House only brought a “glimmer” of recognition.
To raise enough money for a shelter, they need more than a glimmer.
“You have to groom your donors,” she said.
Meyers-Dobler said the event is already scheduled for a repeat during the first week of March next year. The Y will likely host again, though probably in a larger gym.