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Sonoma Community Comes Together in Support of Inaugural Velo & Vines Century Bike Ride and Fundraiser Benefitting UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation

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Local and pro cyclists from Sonoma County and across the United States joined together today for the inaugural Velo & Vines Century Bike Ride in Healdsburg to help raise funds for the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF), which provides medical grants that help children gain access to health-related services.

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(L-R) Healdsburg resident and UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation Board Member Jennifer Roberts m

(L-R) Healdsburg resident and UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation Board Member Jennifer Roberts meets with UnitedHealthcare ProCycling Team member Lucas Euser at the inaugural Velo & Vines Century Bike Ride. The event is raising funds for the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation. The foundation provides medical grants to help children gain access to health-related services not covered, or not fully covered, by their parents’ commercial health insurance plan. Last year, UHCCF awarded about $5.4 million in medical grants to more than 2,000 children across the country. Also featured in the picture is Matt Peterson, President, UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation and UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team member John Murphy. (Photo credit: Amy Sullivan)

Leading the 100-mile ride were UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team members Lucas Euser and John Murphy, who were joined by 35 other cyclists participating in the event that kicked off at Arnot-Roberts Winery. UHCCF president Matt Peterson joined supporters to cheer on the riders as they began their 100-mile trek through the rolling hills and valleys of Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River.

At rest stops along the route, local supporters cheered on the riders, who were also greeted by local entertainment and some of the best artisan foods in Sonoma County. The event ended with a celebration and post-ride awards ceremony and marketplace that featured local vendors providing wine, food and music as hundreds of community partners and supporters celebrated the event.

Since 2007, UHCCF has awarded more than 9,000 grants valued at over $27 million to children and their families across the United States. Last year, UHCCF awarded about $5.4 million in medical grants to more than 2,000 children across the country. UHCCF’s funding is provided by contributions from individuals, corporations and UnitedHealth Group employees.

About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 850,000 physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) , a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @myUHC on Twitter.

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