Three Rotarians from District 5495 were among Rotarians from around the nation who traveled to Tucson Nov. 20 to compete in the annual Ride to End Polio Fundraiser.
The Ride to End Polio is part of the larger El Tour de Tucson bike ride, held every year in Tucson, Arizona.
Over the years, the event has raised millions of dollars to support Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio.
District Governor Bret McKeand and Rebecca Wilks, both members of Peoria North Rotary Club, took part in the 28-mile race. Bret's wife,  Michelle, joined in the effort.
Past District Governor and District 5495 Foundation Committee Chairman Charlie Tegarden also participated -- although not in Tucson. Charlie raised funds via a "virtual" bike ride.
All donations to Polio Plus are matched 2-to-1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Donations raised by the trio, when matched by the Gates Foundation, totaled more than $45,000.