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Ride on, Tucson needs donations

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A weekend event is meant to be a community fundraiser, but the community might actually end up helping to pay for it.

Ride on Tucson is only three days away and it still needs thousands of dollars to put on the event without the help of tax payers. The goal was to fund this event with donations only, but unless folks step up to the plate it could cost tax payers about $5,000.

That's why Ride on Tucson is asking for individual donations to help hit its fundraising mark. It's a free, community event that costs about $25,000 to put on.

The money is for Porta Potties, water stations, barricades and police officers to direct traffic around cyclists.

The event is to celebrate the cycling community and organizers say they don't want that community to foot the bill.

"The county has committed potentially to help fund police presence for the road closures and our goal is to avoid taking that funding," said Duncan Benning, with Perimeter Bicycling.

Ride on Tucson will be Sunday in Armory Park whether it gets the donations or not. Big names like Patrick Dempsey from Grey's Anatomy will be there along with cyclist Tom Danielson.

To help donate, send donations of $25-$1,000 to:

Ride on, Tucson

Care of: Perimeter Bicycling

2609 East Broadway

Tucson, AZ 85716

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