885km Biked & $11,946 Raised in Our Cycling Challenge

On October 27-29, 2017 Jamie & Julie Popoff, together with friends of the company, biked more than the total kilometers from Calgary to Saskatoon to pass the Burnt Thicket torch as the company moves to its new home in SK. They were joined by our board president Andy Wilson, incoming artistic director Stephen Waldschmidt, his wife Kirsten and three kids, and friends listed below to ride 885km in total. Look for the hashtag #BurntThicketYYC2YXE and relive Jamie & Julie’s adventure all the way to Saskatoon on our Facebook page!

Our donors’ generosity brought us 99% of the way to our goal of raising $12,000! ($20 per km cycled x 600km) Partner with us to ensure Burnt Thicket’s life-changing stories are experienced by Canadians for another 10 years. All gifts over $10 will receive a charitable tax receipt from our office.

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#BurntThicketYYC2YXE in the News

Watch Global News’ Oct 29 coverage of our Cycling Challenge, as Stephen Waldschmidt met Jamie & Julie Popoff arriving at the Saskatoon city limits. (Start video at 8:00)

Play Global News coverage

Read the article in The StarPhoenix about the company’s move from Calgary to Saskatoon.

Read StarPhoenix article

Our Cyclists

17 friends of the company joined us on the ride to help save the Popoffs’ tender tushes. Jamie & Julie cycled 440km on Oct 27-29, leapfrogging each other to go 100km from Calgary to Rosebud on Friday, 278km from Drumheller to Kindersley on Saturday, and 62km in 75kmph crosswinds to Saskatoon on Sunday. Another 445km was covered by these friends in their locations, making 885km of total distance!

  • Lavern Arndt, Saskatoon 50km completed
  • Andrew Cooper, Rosebud, 35km pledged,  70km completed (Rosebud to Drumheller & back)
  • Janalee Cowan, Saskatoon, 10km pledged, 30km completed
  • Peter, Laura & Andrew Fenton, Saskatoon, 25km completed
  • Michael Heaney, Calgary, 25km completed
  • Al Popoff, Lloydminster, 50km completed
  • Gloria & James Mitchell, Saskatoon, 50km completed
  • Mark Sorell, Calgary, 10km completed
  • Stephen & Kirsten Waldschmidt & kids, Saskatoon, 75km pledged, 85km completed
  • Andy Wilson, Calgary, 50km completed (Calgary to Irricana)

Total cycling distance completed: 885km! See all the photos on our Facebook page.

THANK YOU to each of you who have sponsored or cycled in our Passing the Torch Cycling Challenge!


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Our partners in the business community play an integral role in allowing us to offer enlivening original performance. Together we lead artists and audiences to live more engaged lives.

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