As the architect selected to partner with the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) on the replacement facility for the Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI), Altus team members were proud to contribute to the success of one of the Meyer Foundation for Disabilities (MFD) largest annual fundraisers – the August 4, 2018 Owl Ride, Omaha’s nighttime urban cycling adventure. The unique recreational bike ride, now in its eighth year, is the largest annual night bicycle ride between Chicago and Denver.
The eleven-person Altus team manned the Aksarben perch, providing refreshments to the nearly 800 riders who participated in the event. The group also took the initiative to amp up the fun by incorporating tiki island décor to the area, which was a welcome mid-point surprise for riders. Event organizers noted, “these events would never be a success without the hard work of our volunteers!”
The ride started at Lewis & Clark Landing on the Missouri River and headed west to Midtown Crossing at Turner Park and then to Aksarben Village. Midtown Crossing was the turnaround point for the 7.4-mile ride. Those who went the full distance, to Aksarben and back, rode 16.56 miles. The event organizers took a year off last year, thus a few improvements were noted during this year’s event. However, one thing that hasn’t changed is the great cause the ride benefits – helping Meyer Foundation for Disabilities (MFD) improve the lives of adults with developmental disabilities throughout our community.