Cruisin’ under the blue moon - A group of people sitting on a bicycle - Road bicycle

All are welcome at Blue Moon Bike Ride to benefit Samuel’s House

Samuel’s House is holding an event dedicated to Key West’s youth and families because. The non-profit’s event coordinator Tanya Leto said there are too few in town.

“Everybody is out of school and there are not many events in Key West that don’t have alcohol,” Leto said. “Key West is not just a bunch of party animals.”

Now in its second year, the Southernmost Blue Moon Bike Ride is set for Friday, July 31 beginning at the Marriot Beachside Resort at 8:30 p.m. and ending at the Southernmost Beach. Wristbands for the event are $20 for adults and $5 for children ages 16 and under, and includes a special event T-shirt. The wristbands are available for purchase before the bike cruise and proceeds benefit Samuel’s House. (Eaton Bikes is renting bikes for $5 for the ride.)

“People can dress up however they want and have fun. Some get their face painted,” Leto said. “Because it is a full blue moon riders will be able to see their full reflection.”

After the ride everybody gathers on the beach and continues the blue moon celebration. The best part of the ride is everybody is helping women and children in need.

“The money goes for emergency food and supplies needed when women and families enter the home,” she said.

Samuel’s House’s mission is to provide housing in a nurturing environment for homeless women, women with children, men with children and intact families, and to provide them with care coordination beneficial to their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Sometimes all 36 beds are filled at the non-profit’s residency.

“We offer a hand up and not a hand out,” said Samuel’s House CEO and Founder Elmira Leto— also Tanya’s mother.

The next schedule events is “Yappy Hour” on Saturday, Aug. 22 at 4:30 p.m. at Aqua. Like Samuel’s House Facebook page to stay up to date on events.

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