The Wheels for Wheels Bike-A-Thon team has again surpassed its fund-raising goal, raising more than $5,600 for the Washington Jaycees All-Abilities Park.
The event, which is in its third year, is organized by five local girls ages 11 to 13.
The team includes Sophie Straatmann, St. Francis Borgia Grade School; Maggie Westhoff, St. John’s-Gildehaus; Justine Huellinghoff, Washington Middle School; Britney Harriman, Our Lady of Lourdes; and Ellie Scheer, New Haven R-II School.
The girls had set a goal of $3,000 — the remainder needed to purchase the centerpiece of the park, a $15,000 climbing rock.
Last year the girls raised about $7,000.
About 75 cyclists attended the bike-a-thon, said Julie Straatmann, Sophie Straatmann’s mom.
“I want to thank the community for being so supportive of these young girls with a big goal in their minds,” she said, adding that she is proud of the girls.
The top fund-raiser, Ryan Kassebaum, was awarded four Cardinals tickets in the Red Bird Club.
Sophie Straatmann said she’s proud to organize the event because it’s something not a lot of kids have the opportunity to do.
The all-abilities park is currently under construction near Lions Lake and will be a place where children of all abilities can play side by side. Three of the five organizers have a sibling who will benefit from the park.