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New organizer for HammerFest

New organizer for HammerFest
HammerFest 2010 drew hundreds of cyclists from across the Lone Star State.

Contributed by the La Vernia Historical Association

The La Vernia Historical Association is proud to announce the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Lone Star Chapter will now serve as the official organizer of the La Vernia Wild West HammerFest Bicycle Ride. The historical association has organized the event for the last four years as a fund-raiser for the La Vernia Heritage Museum and the La Vernia Veterans Memorial, projects of the association.

The bicycle ride, which has attracted up to 800 riders each year, was started in 2007. The event has been very popular with bicycle riders across Texas. Converging on La Vernia the third Saturday in September, the riders are welcomed by the community and along the routes, which take them through Wilson, Bexar, and Guadalupe counties from the starting point in the La Vernia City Park.

Hammerfest Co-chairs Walter and Nancy Scull are pleased the event will remain local.

“Hammerfest has been a great fundraiser for the LVHA, so good that it has become larger than our small organization can handle,” Walter said. “It’s a good problem to have, but the size of the event has outgrown our all-volunteer staff. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation came along at just the right time.”

“We wanted Hammerfest to continue, because it’s been good for La Vernia, thanks to the riders, sponsors, and volunteers,” added La Vernia Historical Association President Elaine Stephens. “We are thrilled that the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation called us out of the clear blue sky. They have the professional staff and skills necessary to make HammerFest better than ever. We look forward to helping them any way we can.”

“It’s fate,” said Brandy Bendele, development director for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Lone Star Chapter. “I called the morning after the historical association’s meeting discussing the continuance of Hammerfest. When Elaine [Stephens] told me they were looking for another organization to take over the ride I was elated! This is a wonderful opportunity to keep HammerFest alive in La Vernia and continue to bring new faces to the community. Plus, it’s a great event to help generate more awareness about cystic fibrosis and the devastating effects it has on children like Bryce, a 9-month-old CF patient who attends Little Bear [Love and Care] Child Care [Center] in La Vernia, when he’s able.”

“We are really excited that a cystic fibrosis event is coming to La Vernia,” said Bryce’s mom, Jennifer Tomerlin of Stockdale. “We feel La Vernia has taken us under their wing. Shay Parker, the director/owner of Little Bear, has been a great supporter of our family and cystic fibrosis with donations and bringing awareness to the community. Shannon Kosub has been wonderful as well, by letting us participate in the LV Angels’ ’Night in the Park’ to spread awareness.”

La Vernia Mayor Harold Schott is also pleased the event will remain in the La Vernia community.

“I am thrilled we will be able to continue the Hammerfest activity in La Vernia,” he said. “This is an excellent opportunity to make new friends and meet and greet participants from all over the state. Hats off to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Lone Star Chapter for organizing this worthy event. They can count on the city of La Vernia’s support in this worthy cause.”

The popular bicycle ride will continue to be held in La Vernia. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Lone Star Chapter, which includes La Vernia and Wilson County. A new Hammerfest website will be online soon. Until that time, visit or find us on Facebook.

For more information, call Brandy Bendele at 210-829-7267 or 830-832-6263 or e-mail

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