HELPING TO RAISE MORE THAN $820,000 -Lower Pottsgrove Police Chief Michael Foltz, shown above in a 2012 photo with his wife Kathy, joined thousands of other bicyclists Sunday (July 19, 2015) in the 28th annual Tour De Shore fund-raiser. The pack rode their bikes along a 65-mile route from Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia to St. James Place in Atlantic City NJ, during what was described by many as brutal heat and humidity. Riding was so hot that fire truck hoses were used to cool down participants on the highway (below). The event is conducted by and benefits the non-profit Irish Pub Children’s Foundation (at top), which uses the money to assist emergency first responders and their families, including fallen or injured law enforcement officers. The Foltzes, individually and together, have participated in the ride for several years, most often as part of the 250-member “Wheels Of Justice” team organized by Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman. The chief reports he finished the one-way ride (like many others, he took a bus for the return trip) in 4 hours and 20 minutes. However, that included time, he said, to help other riders “in some major crashes,” as well as three pit stops and to change a tire. Those who are interested can still donate to the foundation, here, to accompany the chief’s successful ride.
- Montco bike team raised more than $70K for charity (Philadelphia Inquirer; July 27, 2015)
- ‘Wheels of Justice’ team from Montgomery County rolls in annual Irish Pub Tour de Shore (Reading Eagle; July 23, 2015)
Photos by Mike Foltz and John Schmalbach via Facebook