Tour des Chutes would not be possible without the generous contributions of individuals and businesses who participate in the event. From small donations made at registration all the way up to Title Sponsorships, every dollar counts in helping us achieve our mission to support Central Oregonians with cancer by funding services and initiatives that help them thrive.
Over the past decade, one of our most committed community partners, Roger Worthington and his business, Worthy Brewing, has provided incredible support through sponsorship, opening their doors for our events, and even providing a dynamic and entertaining MC: Roger himself! We had a chance to catch up with Roger and some members of his team to talk about what Tour des Chutes means to Worthy Brewing, and how community action is at the core of what they do.
TdC: “Tell us about your involvement with Tour des Chutes and why it is important to you.”
Roger Worthington: “I’ve been a part of TdC for 10 years. I love supporting initiatives that raise awareness about cancer. What I love about TdC specifically is Gary’s story – and the importance of keeping hope. He’s one of a kind. He’s charming, hilarious, sweet and tough as a ten cent steak! The best part of my summer is the TdC – not only because I love the ride, the solidarity and the hope and help it sends, but also because we get to brew another batch of my favorite summer beer, Gary’s No Quit Wit. The guy’s a beauty and we’re darn lucky to have him around. The TdC focuses on survivorship, and who better portrays this than Gary Bonacker? He is an inspiration, both in surviving cancer and in surviving life. And everyone has a story – this event, this organization, showcases those incredible individuals who exemplify strength, resilience and hope.
“The TdC helps raise dollars and awareness to support cancer patients in our local community and to create a model for survivorship programs. The TdC is put on mostly by volunteers who simply care. Nearly 100% of the proceeds go to local programs to directly benefit cancer patients and survivors. Now that’s worth supporting and celebrating. I love supporting this cause, and I’ve enjoyed watching it grow over the years. It’s become one of the most popular century ride fundraisers in Oregon and I’m looking forward to this year’s event!”
TdC: “Tell us about Worthy Brewing’s history with TdC.”
Worthy Brewing’s Director of F&B, Sarah Coursey: “Worthy’s been a part of TdC since the beginning. Our owner, Roger Worthington, was involved with the event, then when Worthy Brewing was founded in 2013, we became a part of it as well. It’s a huge part of our summer. All of the staff has it on their calendars as an important day – it’s one of those special events that brings the community together to rally behind an important cause. Every year, we brew a special beer, host a packet pick-up party with live music and special gifts for all of the event participants. We love getting the chance to be the place that heightens exposure to such an incredible cause.”
TDC: “What are you looking forward to with this year’s partnership?”
Worthy Brewing’s Director of Marketing, Meghan Hoey: “I can’t wait for this year’s TdC ride. Yes, I’ll be riding the century route with my husband, Shane. Not only is this a worthy cause, it is a partnership that brings people together to do something active and positive for the community. This year, we are supporting TdC on a number of promotions leading up to the event weekend in an effort to raise even more awareness about TdC – especially given its 15th year! In April, we’re co-hosting a charity ride at Cyclebar in the Old Mill, and partnering with local retailers to boost TdC’s visibility in the marketplace. We’re also in planning stages to can ‘Gary’s No Quit Wit’ for the first time to commemorate the 15th year. I’m thrilled to be part of a company that prioritizes its community and donates generously to initiatives benefitting Central Oregon.”
We are so very grateful for all that Worthy Brewing provides our event, and our community on a broad scale. We hope you will join us at the No Quit Wit / Packet Pick Up party on Friday, July 12!