The live and silent auctions alone raised more than $50,000 for the Davis Phinney - Donald Krumme Parkinson's research fund.
A bike donated by actor Robin Williams
fetched $9,500. The Sunflower Revolution's $50,000 on-line raffle of
Bicycling Magazine's "Dream Bike of 2004," a custom Serotta Ottrott
with a special "Sunflower Revolution" finish, sold out. Scott
Pleasants, of Greensboro, N.C., had the winning ticket.
Two-time Tour de France stage winner
Davis Phinney, 45, diagnosed with Parkinson's at age 40, and his wife,
Olympic gold medalist Connie Carpenter Phinney, were in town to help
kick off the July 30 - 31 event.
The Friday night gala, held in a Westin
Hotel ballroom bursting with sunflowers, was MC'd by WKRC's Rob Braun,
and entertainment was provided by country music star Jo Dee Messina.
Bike rides of 25 and 62 miles followed next day.
The Davis Phinney Foundation for
Parkinson's Disease Research and Wellness was launched earlier this
year by the Phinneys, who live in northern Italy, and Kathleen Krumme
and David Ariosa, managers of Oakley Cycles.
John Tew, MD, medical director of The
Neuroscience Institute, encouraged Ms. Krumme to keep money raised by
the foundation in Cincinnati, rather than send it out of town. A
meeting with Joseph Broderick, MD, chair of the Department of
Neurology, and Kim Seroogy, PhD, director of the Selma Schottenstein
Harris Laboratory, cemented the Davis Phinney Foundation's decision to
further Parkinson's research at UC.