I-Tri, a program that "fosters self-respect, personal empowerment, self-confidence, positive body image, and healthy lifestyle choices for adolescent girls," kicked off an 11-day fund-raising drive on Sunday with a goal of raising $150,000 by next Thursday.
The nonprofit got a head start with its annual Ride and Wine bike event on Saturday, raising between $15,000 and $20,000 from participants who joined 10 and 30-mile scenic rides. The fund-raising drive began on the International Day of the Girl and will end on Giving Day. If the organization manages to raise $150,000 by that date, it will earn $50,000 more in matching donations.
I-Tri runs programs for middle school girls at schools across the East End, training them in typical years for a youth triathlon and offering online mentoring and empowerment sessions during the pandemic.
Donations can be made by emailing [email protected] or calling 844-631-4874, extension 702, or by clicking the "Giving Day" button at itrigirls.org. Those who give $100 will be entered into a drawing for prizes valued at $500 or more. I-Tri board members, staff, alumni, and guests will be live during an online give-a-thon on Facebook and Instagram from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. next Thursday, with winners chosen during the "cocktail hour" portion of the event beginning at 5:30.