By Libby Rosequist
A Pedal for Mercy bike event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 11, at Penn Shore Winery & Vineyards from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Participants can choose from a 50-mile, 25-mile or 12-mile bike ride for $60. The ticket includes food, drink and entertainment afterwards.
Social tickets for $25 including food, drink and entertainment are also available.
Tickets may be purchased at mcwerie.org.
Mercy Center for Women reached out to Penn Shore in hopes the winery would host the event.
“We know Penn Shore has a large enough facility to host this event and the location is perfect,” Teresa Borowy, communications and marketing director of Mercy Center for Women in Erie, said. “Plus, after discussions with the owners earlier this year, we knew it was a good idea. They really respect our mission, too.”
Mercy Center for Women of Erie provides:
• Safe and supportive transitional housing, education and counseling for women with or without children who have been touched by domestic violence, homelessness and/or addiction.
• Connections with social service agencies and volunteers to form a network of ongoing support, mentoring and education to residents and women in the community.
• An environment based on spirituality and ethical values.
All proceeds from the event will go directly to the Mercy Center.
“We are currently renovating the former Holy Rosary School in Erie, which will become additional housing for the homeless women and children we serve,” Borowy said. “The facility will allow us to double the number we can accommodate.
“Unfortunately, the demand for housing is growing and the pandemic has only exacerbated that need.”
When the pandemic hit, domestic violence and homelessness didn’t shut down.
Evidence suggests the pandemic has made intimate partner violence more common and oftentimes more severe.
“We understand the need Mercy Center for Women of Erie is going through, and we are glad they asked us to hold this event,” Jenny Sholtis of Penn Shore Winery, said. “It is an amazing organization and this is a great opportunity to bring awareness and raise money, and hopefully everyone can enjoy the outdoors while the weather still lasts.”
For any questions, call Mercy Center for Women of Erie at 814-455-4577.