Ride to remember: Cycling for AIDS research and more
For Mark Baumli, the AIDS/LifeCycle Bike Ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles is more than just a fundraiser — it’s a chance to honor friends.
In the early 1990s, Mark Baumli watched as three teammates died of AIDS. Then someone he hired was diagnosed, too.
Those memories return often for the avid cyclist and manager for Wells Fargo Merchant Services during the 545-mile AIDS/LifeCycle Bike Ride fundraiser from San Francisco to Los Angeles. He began riding in the event with Team Wells Fargo in 2010 and now serves as co-captain of the annual cycling for AIDS fundraiser.
This year, Mark joined 41 Wells Fargo riders to raise $295,000 for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center in Los Angeles — $95,000 above their original goal. Overall, the 2014 AIDS/LifeCycle bike ride netted a record $15 million.
Neil Giuliano, CEO of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, wasn’t surprised by the results of the team Mark and co-captain Eric Rozendahl (Business Banking) put together.
“Wells Fargo is a long-time leader in important community issues, and Team Wells Fargo’s performance this year was amazing,” Neil says. “They were our top corporate team. The money raised by Wells Fargo will support our free direct services for HIV prevention and care, which will help improve the lives of more than 15,000 people in the Bay Area this year.”
Mark says, “I ride about 3,500 miles a year depending on what I’m training for, and I love being outdoors and pushing myself physically. When you can combine our company’s commitment to volunteerism and philanthropy with doing something good for your community, it’s a bonus. I always look forward to this event because it’s such an important cause to raise money for.”
Along with the money collected by riders, the Wells Fargo Foundation added $15,000.
“We are very proud of our Wells Fargo participants this year,” Eric says. “We had a lot of new faces on the team, and they gave us that extra push in our fundraising to lead the other companies.”