At the University of Texas at Austin, the saying “What Starts Here Changes the World,” is echoed across the 40 Acres. Whether it is on the field, in the classroom, or in the community, Longhorns are constantly striving for that change.
After a summer of biking to Alaska, 42 UT students will be recognized for their contribution to this change at the 7th Annual Texas 4000 Tribute Gala. This year’s event, held at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin includes a performance by Jack Ingram. At the event, the outgoing class has the opportunity to share their experiences with friends and family. It is a celebration and fundraising event recognizing participants in the longest annual charity bike ride in the world.
Each year, a new class of LiveStrong Texas 4000 for Cancer riders make the commitment to bike from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska for cancer, sharing hope, knowledge and charity along the way. The riders set off on Friday, June 1, for the ninth annual ride to Alaska.
On Friday, August, 10, the group completed their ride to Alaska. The Texas Exes Alaska Chapter was waiting with open arms to welcome and congratulate the team. According to the Alcalde, UT-Austin’s alumni magazine, the mood was celebratory but bittersweet at the finish. One of this year’s riders passed away in February. Ruel Bobet, died in February from stomach cancer. His teammates carried his ashes to Alaska, allowing Bobet to finish the journey he started more than a year ago.
While the group is in training mode, they can be seen riding along the Hill Country, prepping for the trek. If you’ve driven across the 360 Bridge you’ve probably seen them. These riders are a dedicated group, each with a unique story that tells their reason for riding. They are performing a completely selfless deed, helping raise awareness and funds for cancer.
WHEN: August 25, 2012
Registration, Cocktails, & Silent Auction begin at 6:30 p.m.
Program begins promptly at 7:00 p.m.
Four Seasons Hotel Austin
98 San Jacinto Boulevard
Austin, Texas 78701-4039
TICKETS: Tickets start at $175.