The Edward O. Lund Foundation
Embrace life to its fullest! Become a part of Ed’s legacy and join us at these community events. All proceeds go towards Study Abroad Scholarships for students of the arts at Fresno State.
The Hammer Road Rally
Saturday, October 21, 2023
About the Event
Edward was an avid cyclist throughout his life and never tarried around an opportunity to best his last time on a bike. The HAMMER Road Rally was designed in the spirit of Ed; as a ride to recalibrate your soul. It celebrates the love of adventure, and a good challenge, on two wheels.
In 2019 we moved further up into the Sierra, where everything begins and ends at Shaver Lake. The routes have been expanded to include some of the most incredible roads and scenery you can find in a saddle. The HAMMER is the largest route and features an absolutely massive 15 mile long gravel climb at 9,196′ above sea level. Two-time National Champion, Olympic medalist and 3-time Tour of California winner, Levi Leipheimer, has been enjoying the challenge since 2015, and will be one of the many cyclists returning this year.
It’s important to note that the HAMMER Road Rally is a cycling experience for riders of all abilities who want to be a part of a special narrative. Only the “Hammer” route is timed. The “Hard” route is not timed but offers a strenuous 53-mile ride with nearly 6,000′ of elevation gain for those who want a challenge without the pressure of time. The “Easyish” route is a beautiful, non-timed, out-and-back format with one moderate descent which turns into a moderate climb after you turn around. It’s all good.
And, as always, HAMMERists will be greeted at the finish line with groovin’ tunes, great food, and Mad Duck brews in celebration of another legit Sierra cycling adventure.
Whether you choose to ride or not ride, move to the music or simply relax and enjoy it, this October 21 will be an idyllic time to revel in good spirit and fond memories, while creating some new ones – as Ed would.
If you aren’t able to ride but would like to be a part of this mammoth experience, volunteers are always needed to help at the aid stations, Marshal, SAG, set-up or take-down, or hospitality…We would love your help. Whether you have an hour or two or six, there is something for every skill level. Sign up directly with our friends at Bike Monkey. They’re awesome.
A Scotch, Brew & Art Affair
Sunday, October 22, 2023
About the Event
A fine Scotch and a flagon of ale were two of Edward’s favorite potations at the end of any good day. Blessedly, there were many good days for Ed.
It is because he held a special place in his heart for exceptional art and the lands and libations of the Scots, that we gather as friends and community each year to explore the nuances of these uniquely creative endeavors at our Scotch, Brew and Art Affair, in celebration of those worlds Ed loved.
This is an enchanting evening in celebration of art, in its many forms, and the life that inspired us to gather in revelry of it.
Each year, guests enjoy an exhibition and silent auction of works from exceptional local and international artists – including our Lund Scholars. The Mad Duck’s Alex Costa leads the potation-curious through an exploration of fine scotch and bold Duck brews, while Benjamin Boone and his exceptional jazz ensemble, featuring Richard Lloyd Giddens, Craig von Berg, and Mark Ferber, will take us on a melodious journey of spectacular jazz.
The culinary team at the Mad Duck will serve an abundance of savory bites and additional bevvies to complete the embrace of this special moment under the setting sun.
And rest assured, it is not necessary to partake of scotch, wine or craft brews to appreciate this extraordinary gathering, as it is ultimately about enjoying the kinship of good friends and family. It is always an Ed-Spirit filled affair to remember. You should join us.
If you have a volunteer’s heart and desire to help with this year’s event, please contact Dawn. You will love her.