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

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Fourth annual Moonlight Classic, Saturday, May 30, 2015 – An evening bike ride through the streets of Des Moines benefits the children of Orchard Place

Nancy Bobo, Erica Boliver, Matthew Trettin and Anne Starr

We are so proud to have the continued support of Sammons Financial Group for the Moonlight Classic, which will fund programs that otherwise would not be possible.

Orchard Place, mental health experts for Iowa’s children, is proud to announce Sammons Financial Group as the Presenting Sponsor for the 2015 Moonlight Classic. Sammons Financial Group has served as Presenting Sponsor since the ride’s founding in 2012, this year with a generous contribution of $25,000.

Last year’s ride raised nearly $80,000 with more than 600 cyclists participating in the event. In addition, 100 volunteers helped with the 10 mile moonlight ride. This year’s goal is to raise $90,000 and attract even more cyclists.

“We are so proud to have the continued support of Sammons Financial Group for the Moonlight Classic, which will fund programs that otherwise would not be possible such as Orchard Place summer school and its Latino Outreach and Enrichment programs for at risk children,” said Orchard Place Vice President of Development, Nancy Bobo. “Our sponsors truly understand what a difference this event has on the lives of Iowa’s kids.”

This year’s Moonlight Classic is scheduled for Saturday evening, May 30, at 9:30 PM. The starting and ending point is at El Bait Shop, 200 SW 2nd Street, in downtown Des Moines. The route features Des Moines landmarks such as the State Capitol, the East Village, Pappajohn Sculpture Park, Water Works Park and Gray’s Lake. Boomerang, a classic rock band, will play at El Bait Shop both before and after the ride.

In addition, prizes will be awarded in categories including: Best Costume, Best Bike Lights, Best Helmet Lights, Best Team Bus and the Moonlight Cup trophy going to the largest team of registered riders.
Registration is now open and more information can be found at: http://moonlightclassicdsm.com.

About Orchard Place:

Orchard Place is the oldest locally-based charity in Des Moines providing mental health treatment and expertise serving Iowa’s kids. Our inpatient, outpatient and community program serves nearly 10,000 children from birth to age 22 annually. Four operating divisions work under the Orchard Place umbrella of services: Child Guidance Center, Orchard Place Campus, PACE Juvenile Center and the Integrated Health Program. More information can be found at http://www.orchardplace.org

About Sammons Financial Group
Sammons Financial Group 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 Annuity Division and Sammons Retirement Solutions are located in West Des Moines, IA. Unlike most financial companies, the member companies of SFG are not publicly-traded, which means the companies are not subject to short-term earnings pressures often faced by publicly-traded companies.

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