A group of cyclists and volunteers supported by a Longmont-based brewery raised more than $850,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in 2022.
Team Left Hand, a group of 600 volunteers supported by the Left Hand Brewing Company, shattered their previous fundraising efforts in 2021 by $67,000, according to a release from the company.
“Supporting Team Left Hand is one of the most fulfilling things we do at Left Hand Brewing Company,” said Chris Lennert, Team Left Hand national captain and Left Hand Brewing’s chief operating officer. “Raising this amount of money to battle multiple sclerosis would not be possible without the thousands of individuals who donate, ride, volunteer and believe in this mission.”
The team participated in eight Bike MS rides across the country last year to raise a total of $869,387 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Since their inception in 2008, the team has raised more than $6.6 million.
Team Left Hand is the largest national team of riders and fundraisers for Bike MS, according to the release.
Bike MS is one of the largest fundraising cycling series in the world. Eight regional teams in Colorado, California, the Carolinas, Delaware, Florida, Ohio, Texas and Washington participated in the eight rides in 2022, earning multiple awards.
Team Left Hand plans to continue growing its teams in 2023 and anticipates another record-breaking fundraising year to reach more than $7 million total dollars raised over the group’s 15-year effort. Left Hand Brewing will also continue its national sponsorship of Bike MS for the fifth year.
“We’re so proud of what we’ve accomplished, but the work isn’t done,” Lennert said. “We’ll continue to do our part to Crush MS.”