OMAHA, NEB. – On July 10, Denis McCarville, President/CEO of Uta Halee Girls Village, will embark upon a 2,693-mile bike ride to raise $160,000 toward fitness equipment and kitchen appliances for the campus’ newly-opened Mildred Scott Wellness Center.
According to McCarville, the idea for this journey came from his son, Jon, who asked to make a special trip with him to celebrate his college graduation.
“He suggested that we ride the Lewis and Clark Trail to raise funds to offset expenses for the fitness and kitchen equipment in the Wellness Center,” he explained. “How could I say no?”
An avid bike rider, McCarville, son, Jon, and a family friend will begin the six-week bike ride in Astoria, Ore., and follow the Lewis and Clark Trail back to the Uta Halee campus in Omaha’s Ponca Hills on August 21. They plan to cover 75 miles a day.
“Besides raising money, this bike ride will allow me to personally model healthy living habits to the young women we serve at Uta Halee,” McCarville said. “I hope to inspire our staff and girls to get active.”
McCarville is currently publishing updates about training for this adventure via blog (http://highlights.utahalee-cooper.org), and will continue to do so throughout the journey.
Uta Halee is seeking contributions for the effort from individuals and corporations. All donations will be directed to the funding of exercise machines, weight equipment and kitchen items for the Mildred Scott Wellness Center. Interested parties may donate online at http://highlights.utahalee-cooper.org, or contact Tracy at 457-1316 or Kiley at 457-1397 for more information.
Founded in 1950, Uta Halee Girls Village is a psychiatric residential program for young women 12 to 18 whose mental health, behavioral or substance use issues require treatment in a safe and structured environment. Many of the young women admitted struggle with significant obesity. The Mildred Scott Wellness Center provides a healing, holistic setting to strengthen their minds, bodies and spirits.