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Tour de Cookie Returns to Hopkins for Fifth Year

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The community’s sweetest bike ride is returning for its fifth year at the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus.

On Saturday, May 4, the campus will be the starting and ending points for The Tree House Tour de Cookie, a bike ride designed to raise money for and awareness of child abuse in Montgomery County. Cyclists of all ages are invited to choose between four routes: 12, 19, 27 or 43 miles in length. The routes meander through nearby communities.

Along the routes, cyclists can stop at any of 18 cookie stands to enjoy freshly baked cookies. The stands are run by local nonprofit organizations and other community groups.

Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus is a sponsor of the event.

The Tree House Child Advocacy Center, established in 2002, is a public-private partnership with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. The Tree House is committed to the prevention of abuse and neglect, and strives to offer hope and healing to children in need. The Tree House focuses its work on children who have been sexually abused, physically abused or neglected.

Last year, the Tour de Cookie attracted approximately 700 bike riders and raised more than $46,000.

The Tree House charges nothing to the public for its services, which include comprehensive medical exams, mental health assessments, mental health therapy, victim advocacy, forensic interviews, nurse case management, and education and prevention. All proceeds from the Tour de Cookie go directly to the Tree House to help provide services.

Tour de Cookie “is the biggest awareness and fundraising event of the year for the Tree House,” said Nina Blecher, director of community partnerships. “The Tree House Tour de Cookie is a great ride where you’ll taste delicious cookies and meet wonderful people, all while supporting a worthy cause. All of us at the Tree House hope to see you there.”

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