Arctic Apples supports Cycle the WAVE

The life-changing work that The WAVE Foundation does to create awareness around domestic violence and empower women to break the cycle are goals that everyone should support. That is why we at Okanagan Specialty Fruits (OSF) are proud to sponsor this year’s Cycle the WAVE event through our Arctic® apples brand, and get behind such an important cause.

Our very own Jenn Armen, Director of Business Development and Marketing, has been a long-time supporter and rider, and will once again be participating in this year’s ride. She describes it as a truly unique experience, with many of the volunteers being male friends and family for this women-only ride.

“I became involved because I cycled with the women who founded the event and learned that 3 out of 4 women are victims of domestic violence,” explains Armen. “That was shocking to me, especially when I stopped to think about the women I’d come across over the course of my life and realized that probably many of these people were domestic violence victims and I was completely clueless. I figured if I didn’t know, then neither did many others. It was time to get involved – so I did.”

Consistent with OSF company platform of community outreach and education, we highly respect the work of The WAVE Foundation. The organization proactively reaches youth through education and empowerment, and successfully raises community awareness about domestic violence. To combine these great causes with a bike ride that also helps promote physical health makes the event an even better fit for us at OSF, as we will be launching our nonbrowning Arctic® apple varieties this fall!

Arctic® apples are a unique product as they don’t turn brown when bitten, sliced or bruised, and the unparalleled convenience and eating experience can help make healthy eating easier than ever. For example, nonbrowning apple slices don’t require preservatives to stop their browning and are more appealing as a result. Plus, more apples get eaten and fewer are wasted! Arctic® apples are tasty, healthy, and ready to eat so they’re the perfect fit for lunchboxes, salads, and of course – even as a mid-bike ride snack! These delicious slices will be available at the Arctic® apple rest stop during Cycle the WAVE and elsewhere, and we are very excited for participants and volunteers to be among the very first to try our product before it becomes available through retailers.

Arctic® apples would like to congratulate all the riders, volunteers, and supporters who are making a valuable impact by being involved in this important cause. The whole concept of a cycling event emulates one of our company’s core initiatives – being healthy!



Key Bank rides the WAVE!

New this year Key Bank have stepped up to a Gold Level sponsorship of the event and are riding the WAVE with their  “Key for a Cure” Team. Supporting the local community has always been “key” to their success and is also the driving force in their innovative Key4Women program:

Key4Women® is a nationwide community of entrepreneurial and executive business women brought together by KeyBank to help them thrive. As a member of the Key4Women network women enjoy exclusive networking opportunities with other women who share a passion for business.

Key Bank have long been committed to championing women in business, with a fifty-year history of financing women-owned business. This philosophy flows from their top leadership, with CEO Beth Mooney serving as the first female chief executive of a top 20 bank. Join your peers in this unique women network; membership is free and available to businesswomen who bank with KeyBank.

Be sure to say a nice “hello” if you spot the Key for a Cure team on the route and thank them for their support!



John Duggan – AKA The King of Water Bottles!

Longtime WAVE supporter John Duggan, Cycling Attorney has given out about 17,000 free bicycle water bottles throughout the Puget Sound region! He has done a variety of “joint venture” bottles including the last five beautiful WAVE designs. These bottles have taken on a life of their own and many have become worldwide travelers as people take staged photos in exotic locations around the world (Machu Picchu, Peru photo below).

“Years ago when my practice began focusing on bicycle advocacy, I was looking for a “giveaway” type item that would have some sort of bicycle connection. A buddy of mine told me that if I was going to give away something, make sure it was good quality”.  John found a high quality bottle that meets all of these requirements made by Specialized here in the USA.   His bottles cost three times more than the cost of the cheaper versions but they are the best in the business with soft, safe plastic and a rubber valve.

The Duggan-sponsored bottle (also known as a “JD”) certainly has become part of the Duggan branding machine. “Whenever I see cycling photos on Facebook I will always look to see what bottle the cyclist is using. While I am riding I will also take notice if I see a ‘JD’ on somebody else’s bike.”

JD Macchu Bottle pic

“About six years ago my family and I were in Waterford, Ireland at a summer festival with some cousins when a bicycle police officer came whizzing by. I am always curious as to what type of bike the police officers are using and while looking at the bike I noticed, to my amazement, that the police officer had a ‘JD’ water bottle. After the officer finished apprehending the person he was chasing, I introduced myself and asked him where he obtained the bottle. As it turns out, his mother lives near my cousin and my cousin had left several bottles with his mother.”   What a small world—Duggan certainly did not expect to see one of his bottles on a police bike 6000 miles from Seattle!

In a soon to be published website, the JD bottle will have its own page, so that people can upload their photos of the water bottle…sort of a “Where’s Waldo?”  While we are pretty certain that the “JD” has traveled to every continent in the world except Antarctica, it’s his support of 17 teams  and many local events like Cycle the WAVE that make John Duggan a bona fide “King” in our eyes!