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Zearing’s Z-Tour deemed a success

PRINCETON — The fourth annual Z-Tour bike ride was deemed a resounding success by organizers.

At Monday’s meeting of the Princeton City Council, Princeton City Manager Jeff Clawson said the weekend’s Z-Tour bike ride was a huge success with 578 paid riders, which is up about 75 riders from last year and a couple hundred from two years ago. The bike ride, which is a fundraiser for the Zearing Child Enrichment Center in Princeton, continues to grow, he said.

As an example of that growth, there were 70 bikers who did the 100-mile ride for last year’s Z-Tour, but there were 150 bikers who did this year’s 100-mile ride. That means these bike club members are going back to their areas and telling others about the ride. Next to the Homestead Festival weekend, the Z-Tour appears to bring the most out-of-town visitors into the community, Clawson said.

On Wednesday, Zearing Child Enrichment Center Director Heidi Lott said this is the fourth year for the center to host the Z-Tour fundraiser, and it is the primary fundraiser of the year for the center.

The total amount raised through this year’s Z-Tour won’t be determined for a few weeks until after all the receipts and expenses are received, Lott said. Proceeds from this year’s fundraiser, as well as the 2013 Z-Tour, will be used to focus on improvements in the areas of health and safety at the center.

The 2014 Z-Tour was a wonderful event, on a beautiful day and with a great turnout, Lott said. The support from the community, as bikers on the ride itself and by helping with the various sites and stops along the way, was amazing and very much appreciated, she said.

The Zearing Child Enrichment Center, located at 633 Mason Drive in Princeton, opened in 1974 and is licensed to care for 153 children, ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. Currently, the center’s enrollment is at 115 children, so there are openings, Lott said.

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