Team will bike 2,200 miles from Maine to CEDIA EXPO in Denver, Co.
FALMOUTH, MAINE - August 1, 2006 - A team of consumer electronics industry
States from Augusta, Maine, to CEDIA EXPO 2006, an industry trade show in
Denver, Colorado, with a goal of raising $1 million for cancer research.
The 2,200 mile journey, led by Ken Smith, president of Custom Electronics
and vice -president of CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design Installation
Association), begins Aug. 19 in Augusta, Maine, and ends with a grand finale
celebration Sept. 10 at CEDIA EXPO in Denver. Along the way, sponsored
riders from around the country will join the tour - all in the name of
fighting cancer one mile at a time.
The 22 -day ride is being sponsored by noted CE companies Niles Audio
Corporation and Speakercraft, with both Niles Audio President Frank Sterns
and Speakercraft President Jeremy Burkhart along for portions of the tour. A
CE Express send -off party and parade is planned for the ride's kick -off with
special guest Maine Governor John Baldacci joining the team for the first
few miles of the trek. A mid -point celebration is also planned in
Indianapolis, Ind., the home of CEDIA.
'The money raised by the CE Express will help doctors and scientists find
new cures and better treatments for cancer, thus saving thousands of lives,'
said Ken Smith, ringleader of the CE Express. 'I have been touched
personally by this disease on many levels - This ride gives me and many
others in our industry an opportunity to do our part in fighting cancer, one
mile at a time.'
Smith, an accomplished cyclist, rode a similar solitary trek last year from
Maine to Indianapolis to raise funds for cancer research after being
affected by several co -workers, friends and family members diagnosed with
the disease. That ride raised $22,000. This year Smith decided to expand his
journey exponentially - in hopes of increasing funds to the millionth mark.
'Niles is pleased to be a sponsor and participant of the CE Express, and as
an avid cyclist, I'm psyched to ride with the team,' said Frank Sterns,
President of Niles Audio. 'Ken's determination and drive serves as an
inspiration to our company and to all those fighting and affected by
Proceeds from the CE Express bike tour will be equally donated to the Lance
Armstrong Foundation and the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care in Maine.
More information about the CE Express is available by visiting
In Brief: Release Summary
* A team of CE industry cyclists called the CE Express will bike
across the U.S. from Maine to CEDIA in Denver with a goal of raising $1
million for cancer research.
* The 2,200 mile journey, led by Ken Smith, president of Custom
Electronics and vice -president of CEDIA, begins Aug. 19 in Augusta, Maine.
* The tour is being sponsored by Niles Audio Corporation and
* Proceeds from the tour will be donated to the Lance Armstrong
Foundation and the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care in Maine.
* The journey ends Sept. 10 at CEDIA EXPO 2006 in Denver.
About CE Express:
CE Express is a team of consumer electronics industry bicyclists riding a
route from Augusta, Maine, to CEDIA (Custom Electronics Design &
Installation Association) Expo in Denver with a goal of raising $1 million
for the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care in Augusta, Maine, and the
Lance Armstrong Foundation to fight cancer. Now in its second year, CE
Express was started by Ken Smith, president of Custom Electronics and
vice -president of CEDIA, in 2005. More information about CE Express is
available at www.weallknowsomeone.org