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To help LS Social Services, he’s willing to don a pink tutu during charity bike ride

Bikes will go on a 100-mile ride from Lee’s Summit to Pleasant Hill to benefit Lee’s Summit Social Services.
Bikes will go on a 100-mile ride from Lee’s Summit to Pleasant Hill to benefit Lee’s Summit Social Services. File photo

If you want to see a man riding his motorcycle in a pink tutu, consider giving money to his Ride for Lee’s Summit. Lee’s Summit resident, Robert Buchanan, is organizing the event, to be held Aug. 31.

Riders will start at the Lee’s Summit Masonic Lodge at 10 a.m. They will go on a 100-mile bike ride from Lee’s Summit to Pleasant Hill, through Lexington, north of Oak Grove and finish at Fringe Beerworks in downtown Lee’s Summit. Money raised will go to benefit Lee’s Summit Social Services.

Lee’s Summit Social Services runs a food pantry and offers financial assistance to local families in need. The non-profit is currently experiencing a deficit from the summer months, which Buchanan said prompted him to plan this event.

Lee’s Summit Social Services Director Matt Sanning said new fundraising efforts and donors are always welcome. It helps them keep their doors open.

“Our community partners are our lifeblood. When they take the time to plan events like this, it truly shows the spirit of this community,” Sanning said in a press release.

“Through the lodge, we’ve been working with that group for a long time. I see how hard they work and I wanted to help them out a bit,” Buchanan said.

Buchanan hopes this will be the first of many annual rides. He has started a GoFundMe(https://www.gofundme.com/f/ride-for-lees-summit?teamInvite=fkXdMGJ1jt7F5vhzswjFR3vZOyKFmpjcy64b1Ce0FIhxhcPDCbTkseJYai7spiYa) page with a goal of raising $5,000. If, however, the group is able to reach a $2,000 goal, he has promised to ride in a pink tutu.

Also accepted: dry food goods and other non-perishable items and household goods for Lee’s Summit Social Services on behalf of the ride at the Lee’s Summit Social Services Thrift Shop.

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