Top: (From left) Agi Hirshberg, Hirshberg Foundation president and founder; Jon Hirshberg, Tour de Pier co-founder and Hirshberg Foundation trustee; Heath Gregory, Tour de Pier co-founder and Uncle Kory Foundation founder; and Lisa Manheim, Hirshberg Foundation director and trustee. Second: (From left) Ric McGill, Drs. Tom Carmichael and Tim Cloughesy, UCLA donor Faramarz Yousefzadeh and daughter Michelle. Third: UCLA football coach Jim Mora. Fourth: UCLA Cheer Squad with Michelle Yousefzadeh (center) and UCLA Radiology Gold Team members. Bottom: Agi Hirshberg (left) and Joe Bruin cheer on the riders.
The 5th Annual Skechers Tour de Pier has broken its record by raising $1.25 million for cancer research and services. The fundraiser was held May 21, 2017, on The Strand overlooking the Manhattan Beach Pier and benefited three cancer charities, two of which provide significant support for cancer studies at UCLA: the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research and the Uncle Kory Foundation for brain-cancer investigations.
The event, sponsored in part by UCLA, featured approximately 2,000 stationary cyclists who rode for one-to-five hours individually or as part of a team, spurred on by energizing music and encouragement from fitness instructors from the South Bay.
“We are humbled and proud to share that together we raised $1.25 million, bringing our five-year total to more than $4 million,” said Hirshberg Foundation founder Agi Hirshberg. “We are filled with gratitude for all those who shared their talents, time, treasure and passion to make Tour de Pier 2017 the best one yet.”
UCLA brought along Joe and Josie Bruin and the UCLA cheer squad. UCLA Bruins football coach Jim Mora led riders from the main stage, along with South Bay fitness trainer Angela Bennett in the “Rally” session.
UCLA radiology staff members rode in shifts at the event on the UCLA Radiology Gold team and were joined by Ric McGill, director of UCLA Radiology, for the UCLA Health partnership with the Los Angeles Lakers; Dr. Tom Carmichael (FEL ’01), chair of the UCLA Department of Neurology and Frances Stark Chair in Neurology; and Dr. Tim Cloughesy (RES ’91, FEL ’92), director of the UCLA Neuro-Oncology Program.
In addition to the cycling, Tour de Pier guests enjoyed a free Health and Fitness Expo with interactive booths, music and entertainment and samplings of healthy food and beverages. The Cardio Kids Zone welcomed children with tot-sized stationary bikes, games and moon bounces.
For more information, contact Liz Naito at: (310) 206-6749