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Tour de Perris Partners with the Ontario USO

Perris graphic designer Marden De Castro has designed the jersey for the Oct. 5 Tour De Perris bicycle ride. The City is working with the USO to assist the organization that provides assistance to military personnel and their families.Perris graphic designer Marden De Castro has designed the jersey for the Oct. 5 Tour De Perris bicycle ride. The City is working with the USO to assist the organization that provides assistance to military personnel and their families.

The City of Perris’ partnership with the Ontario USO Center will allow people who can’t participate in the upcoming Tour de Perris bicycle rides to help the non-profit organization that provides comfort to military personnel and their families.

The City will be collecting a variety of goodies— Cup of Noodle soup, candy and gum, disposable razors and travel size shaving cream and toothpaste to deliver to the Ontario USO Center during the Oct. 5 Tour de Perris, which begins and ends at Perris City Hall, 101 North D Street. The 3rd annual Tour de Perris includes 100-mile, 62-mile, 30-mile and 8-mile rides as well as a Tour de Tots obstacle course and bicycle safety ride at City Hall. Folks who donate  two non-perishable items from the Ontario USO Center Wish List are eligible for a free raffle ticket where prizes include bicycles and other athletic equipment.

The City has adopted a red, white and blue theme for the 2013 Tour de Perris—starting with the event jersey available for sale. Graphic designer Marden De Castro has created a stunning red, white-and-blue jersey complete with the list of event sponsors.

“It’s an awesome jersey—one fit for the great event that the Tour de Perris has become,” said Mayor Daryl Busch. “People will be lining up to get one!”

Begun in 1941 on the eve of World War II, the United Service Organization offers a variety of programs and services that support the morale, welfare, social and entertainment needs of American service men and women and   their families. With the help of its supporters, the USO continues to provide a home away from home to service men and women around the world. 

The Ontario USO Center offers at no charge a variety of services to all active duty, retired military and their dependents, including a place to rest and recharge; snacks and drinks; computers with internet connection; a library; recreation room with pool table, air hockey, basketball and ping pong; a media room with hundreds of DVDs; a family room for children and an outdoor patio for fresh-air eating.

Perris residents and Tour de Perris participants can help the Ontario USO Center continue its mission by donating cases of water, soda or sports drinks, Pop Tarts, candy, gum, paper plates, disposable razors, toothbrushes and travel-size toothpaste, Kodak ink cartridges for printers, computer paper and disinfectant wipes. Donations may be dropped off at the City of Perris Housing Division, 135 N. "D" St. Perris, CA 92570.

Perris graphic designer Marden De Castro has designed the jersey for the Oct. 5 Tour De Perris bicycle ride. The City is working with the USO to assist the organization that provides assistance to military personnel and their families.The design for the back of the 2013 Tour de Perris jersey.

Sara Cortes de Pavon and Rebecca Miranda are the staff members coordinating donation drop-offs.

For more information on the Ontario USO Center please contact them at 909-390-4274 or visit their website www.bobhopeuso.org

Perris Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Yarbrough said he is grateful for the USO presence in Germany and Korea, where his daughter Andrea and son, Schuyler, have deployed to while serving with the Army and Marine Corps.

“I am delighted the City of Perris has been able to partner with the USO—we are a military City,” Yarbrough said. “It’s really important to be able to go to a place where you can feel a little bit of America—especially when you’re overseas. It’s so important.”

Yarbrough noted that Perris was an incorporated City when March Air Force Base opened flying operations in 1918 and that for 95 years, Perris has been a staunch supporter of the military. He expects many people to help the USO help veterans.

“We expect so much from our military and they always come through,” he said. “They all take the oath to defend this country and some of them make the ultimate sacrifice. We can never support them too much.”