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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn -- For the eighth consecutive year, a team of passionate individuals will once again donate a week or more of their time bicycling to make a difference in the lives of children within our own community.

The 900-mile Christian Elder Memorial 900bicycle ride raises money for Kids 'n Kinship, a local non-profit that matches children ages 5-16 with volunteer mentors.

The ride begin on May 23 2013 and concludes with a Welcome Home Celebration On Saturday June 8 at 11:00 AM at Merchants Bank Apple Valley .

This ride is always special for66 year old JohnElder, who mentored a young boy named Dante for seven years through the program. An example of the success made possible by this organization, Dante is now a confident adult with a promising future.

Elder hopes to continue riding for many more years but adds, "I like to think that we've reached a point where this ride will survive me and will continue to benefit Kids 'n Kinship far into the future."

Those interested in sponsoring or donating to the 2013 Christian Elder Memorial 900, or learning more about mentoring, should visit cem900.com. Online donations can now be accepted.

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