Owl Ride makes triumphant return

by John Keenan, UNMC public relations | August 15, 2018

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After a year on hiatus, the revivified Meyer Foundation Owl Ride took to the streets on Aug. 4, drawing more than 800 bicyclists and raising more than $70,000 to support programming at the Munroe-Meyer Institute.

MMI Director Karoly Mirnics, M.D., Ph.D., was on hand to help judge the contest for the most creatively lit bike, and members of the MMI community took part as both volunteers and riders for the event.

See a photo album from the event.

Mary McHale, president of the Meyer Foundation, said she was pleased with the successful relaunch of the event after a one-year hiatus.

"More than 800 people is a great turnout for our first year back," she said. "But the event was a success on so many levels: not only number of riders, but the total amount raised, the level of sponsor support, visibility in the community, and the work of the great volunteers who manned the 'Perch Stop' rest areas and worked with the Omaha Police Department to keep our ride enjoyable and our riders safe."

McHale said she especially wanted to thank the UNMC and MMI employees for their support of the returning event.

"They answered the call and showed up to volunteer," she said.

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