Orchard Place Announces Presenting Sponsorship for Moonlight Classic Charity Bike Ride from Sammons Financial Group

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Third annual Moonlight Classic, Saturday June 14, 2014 - A ten mile bike ride through the streets of Des Moines to benefit the children of Orchard Place

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Orchard Place, mental health experts for Iowa’s children, is proud to announce a contribution of $25,000 from Sammons Financial Group as presenting sponsor of the Orchard Place Moonlight Classic bike ride.

This is the 3rd year Sammons Financial Group has sponsored the ride. Last year proceeds of the ride totaling $70,000 went directly to serve more than 8,000 children. It is by far one of the most fun and successful fundraising events for Orchard Place.

"Sammons Financial Group is proud to sponsor the 2014 Moonlight Classic supporting Orchard Place and the important work they do," stated Cindy Reed, President of Sammons Financial Group's Annuity Division. "It's a great event for our volunteers and riders and we're thrilled to see how it has grown over the last three years."

This year’s Moonlight Classic supporting Orchard Place will occur Saturday June 14th at 9:30. The 10 mile night bike ride through the streets of downtown Des Moines begins and ends at El Bait Shop. This year a new route features fantastic views of downtown and numerous local attractions including Gray’s Lake, Pappajohn Sculpture Park, the new Des Moines Social Club, World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, Simon Estes Amphitheatre, the East Village neighborhood, State Capitol, and the Center Street Pedestrian Bridge.

“We are so grateful for the support from Sammons Financial Group,” said Orchard Place CEO Anne Starr. “Their support represents a significant investment that has a direct impact on all of our programs improving the lives of children and families who deal with mental health issues.”

Prizes will be awarded for: Best bike lights, best helmet lights, best costume, best team bus, and biggest team. Live band and food vendors follow the event for an exceptionally fun night out. Registration is now open. More information can be found at: http://www.moonlightclassicdsm.com.

About Sammons Financial Group
Sammons® Financial Group, Inc. (SFG) is the parent of a group of member companies under the insurance Holding Company Act made up of several successful financial services companies offering a variety of financial and retirement products through multiple distribution channels. The ultimate parent of SFG, Sammons Enterprises, Inc., is a diversified international holding company that owns and operates businesses across a range of industries. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Sammons Enterprises, Inc., ranks among the largest privately owned companies in the United States. (Ranked No.123 on Forbes’ 2013 List of America’s Largest Private Companies. The list includes 224 closely held corporations that had sales of more than $2 billion.) The member companies of SFG include North American Company for Life and Health Insurance®, Midland National® Life Insurance Company, including its divisions, Sammons Annuity Group and Sammons® Corporate Markets Group, Sammons Securities Company®, LLC., Sammons Retirement Solutions® Inc., and Sammons Financial NetworkSM LLC. SFG offices are located in Chicago, IL, Fargo, ND, Sioux Falls, SD, and West Des Moines, IA.

About Orchard Place:
Orchard Place is the oldest locally-based charity in Des Moines providing mental health treatment and expertise for Iowa’s kids. Our inpatient, outpatient and community programs serve nearly 8,000 children from birth to age 22. Four operating divisions work under the Orchard Place umbrella of services: Child Guidance Center, Orchard Place Campus, PACE Juvenile Center and Orchard Place Integrated Health Program. More information can be found at http://www.orchardplace.org

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