Volunteering & Giving
June 9, 2022

Wells Fargo employees join 100-mile ride to raise funds for people with disabilities

Cyclists, runners, walkers, and volunteers participated in the Best Buddies Challenge on June 4, raising millions of dollars to support friendships, employment, leadership, and inclusive living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Wells Fargo cyclists and volunteers posing at the starting line of the Best Buddies Challenge.
Wells Fargo sponsored the Best Buddies Challenge, and 15 employees either cycled or volunteered at the June 4 event.

It’s a mild spring day in the mid-60s, clouds keeping the heat at bay. Hundreds of bikers, runners, and walkers are advancing toward the Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, finish line of the Best Buddies Challenge. This is the fifth year Wells Fargo has sponsored this event, which has raised millions of dollars to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Among the riders is Lead Commercial Banking Portfolio Manager Ryan McCarthy, who’s been a serious cyclist for 15 years.

“This was a cause that was important to me personally,” said Ryan McCarthy, whose father spent his career helping people with disabilities. “It sparked an interest in me when I knew that Wells Fargo was behind the same cause.”

During the 100-mile route, Ryan McCarthy kept pace with a group of friends and colleagues — including Wells Fargo Chief Operating Officer Scott Powell — who all arrived at the finish line together after five hours of cycling.

“The June 4 event was a great example of Wells Fargo’s support for diversity, equity, and inclusion in action.” — Scott Powell, Wells Fargo Chief Operating Officer

Powell, who serves as co-chair of Wells Fargo's Disability Connection Employee Resource Network, noted that the Best Buddies organization is meaningful to him because it creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for people around the world with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Ryan McCarthy’s wife Jana McCarthy, a lead Treasury Management sales consultant for Wells Fargo, and their son Evan volunteered at the finish line. They were among 15 Wells Fargo volunteers sporting and giving out Wells Fargo-branded gear — establishing the bank’s presence in a region with no physical branches.

Animated map showing the 100-mile bike route from Boston to Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.
The 100-mile bike route went from Boston to Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.

Jana McCarthy, who recently took on a leadership role in a Wells Fargo volunteer chapter, had been looking for in-person volunteer opportunities to promote. “It was particularly exciting to see such a big event that Wells Fargo was such a big part of and that is so meaningful,” she said. “People with mental and physical disabilities are often, I feel, overlooked, and anything we can do as a bank, that we can do as individuals, to help people be included is incredibly important.”

Best Buddies CEO Anthony Kennedy Shriver expressed his appreciation, saying, “I am beyond grateful that the important work of Best Buddies will continue thanks to supporters like Wells Fargo and the entire community who turned out this year. Together, we will continue to empower people with special abilities and create a more inclusive world for the population we serve.”

Planning for the 2023 event is already underway. Ryan McCarthy said, “I’d love to see more people with Wells Fargo jerseys in it next year — because I’ll definitely be there.”

Best Buddies logo on a fence
Scott Powell speaking into a microphone on a stage with “Best Buddies Challenge” written in oversized letters on a black backdrop.
Terence Floyd and Brendan Krebs standing side by side in red Wells Fargo volunteer shirts.
Scott Powell in a red Wells Fargo jersey standing side by side with two women in purple jackets.
Cyclists along the bike route from Boston to Hyannis Port.
Close up of a cyclist’s back showing Wells Fargo written on his riding jersey.
A Best Buddies logo adorns a fence along the bike route. The event raised millions for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Scott Powell talked to participants and volunteers about the importance of Best Buddies and how the Best Buddies Challenge supports the organization.
Terence Floyd (left) and Brendan Krebs volunteered to represent Wells Fargo at the challenge. Floyd, community relations representative for the Northeast, managed Wells Fargo’s involvement with the event.
Powell with Best Buddies ambassadors Mollie Noble and Christina Hundley.
Participants rode a 20-, 55-, or 100-mile bike ride or did a 5K run/walk to raise funds for Best Buddies.
Wells Fargo cyclists and volunteers wore — and handed out — company-branded gear to establish a Wells Fargo presence in a region with no physical branches.

Wells Fargo supports diversity, equity, and inclusion

At Wells Fargo, we’re deeply dedicated to increasing diverse representation at all levels of the company, creating a more inclusive workplace environment, and better serving and growing our diverse customer segments and suppliers. Read more in our 2022 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Report (PDF).

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