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Raising Funds for Cancer Research One Bite at a Time

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Raising Funds for Cancer Research One Bite at a Time

Patricia Lowe is all about elegance.

“I like elegance, true elegance,” said this Pelotonia Virtual Rider. “So, when people walk in, they go ‘wow.’”

“Wow” was definitely the reaction, as hundreds of people attended Pat’s A Taste of Pelotonia fundraising event at the James Cancer Hospital on July 22.

As visitors/eaters walked down the stairs to the large conference rooms, they were surrounded by live music, several tables covered with white-linen tablecloths, candles, rose petals and food, lots and lots of food, from about 25 of the city’s tops restaurants.

Pat and her purveyors had me at the crab cakes, but I couldn’t stop there. The candied bacon was amazing, and the chicken and orzo so flavorful, and the key lime mouse was sublime and the … wait, over there, by all the desserts, yep, that’s an ice sculpture with a Pelotonia arrow on it. And look, next to it is a cake with the One Goal motto on it.

Pat is a member of the hospital’s Patient Experience Team – and one of the first people that patients and their family members and friends interact with when they walk into the James.


“You have an amazing smile and a way of welcoming people,” Doug Ulman said, as he and Mike Caligiuri thanked Pat for organizing this amazing fundraising event. “At a time when people need love and support and caring, you offer it to them the minute they walk in the door.”

Pat’s all about helping people.

“It’s her love for people, that’s why she does this,” said her husband, Art Lowe, who helped Pat prepare for the event. “She sees (cancer) here every day and works so hard to solve this disease.”

This is the fourth year Pat has organized A Taste of Pelotonia for her Peloton’s fundraising efforts and it has grown bigger, tastier and more elegant every year.

Pat’s goal is for the event to raise more than $10,000 this year and it looked like she was on track to meet her target. She’s able to raise so much money through determination, and a lot of cold calls to local restaurants, asking them to donate their tasty treats. Attendees pay $20 – and every dollar goes to Pelotonia.

“It’s all cold calls,” Pat said. “I pray first, then I call and tell them who I am and what I want to do for Pelotonia. The key is to be passionate about what you’re raising money for and to share that passion with the people you’re asking.”

There’s no doubt Pat is passionate about Pelotonia.

“I love Pelotonia, it’s like it’s a part of me now,” Pat said. “When I think about Pelotonia, I get excited.”

Karl Koon, Director of Rider Recruitment for Team Buckeye, is a regular at A Taste of Pelotonia.

“What could be better than an amazing lunch on a Friday afternoon, and to do it for such a great cause,” he said – between bites.

Steve Wartenberg Thumnail


Steve Wartenberg is a journalist, cyclist and longtime Pelotonia Rider. Steve is one of just a handful who have pedalled every mile of every Pelotonia.  This year he is going above and beyond his fundraising efforts as a High Roller!