Ferdinand Folk Fest Fondo sponsors and community partners were thanked, including Dubois County Visitors Center; Randy Norris Mind, Body, Spirit Endowment; Ferdinand News; Ferdinand Heimatfest; Ferdinand Chamber of Commerce; Old National Bank; German American Bank; and All Star Sports. Their support and generosity made this event and charitable donation possible.
After completion of the Ferdinand Folk Fest Fondo, the committee was very pleased with the feedback that the cyclists gave about the great routes showcased during the ride. 77 cyclists participated in this first year event—some from as far away as Tennessee and Lafayette, Indiana.
Proceeds from the event were given to the Sisters of St. Benedict for their Family Scholar House program. The program seeks to provide academic advising, case management, family support, community activities, connection to other resources, peer support, and eventually, housing, for qualifying single-parent students. It predominantly serves women, often single mothers, who are unemployed or underemployed and desire additional education and career opportunities.