July 25th, 2014 at 11:05 pm

With nearly $29,000 raised for a new bike for Lance Weir, a Marine Corps Reservist who was paralyzed in a diving accident, the Lancelot Ride supported by Carlos Gutierrez of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties, The Charitable Foundation, Hall of Famer Bill Walton and many other volunteers was a tremendous success. A picturesque, two-day cycling tour through Temecula’s wine country, the event featured a free wine tasting, live music, dinner, and a massage for each participant.

Weir is known for his tireless efforts to serve the community. As a part of Operation Rebound, he often participates in events such as the Million Dollar Challenge, a 600-plus mile bike ride down the California coast to benefit the Challenged Athletes Foundation. This fall will be the third consecutive year that he will be competing in the event with Team Lori and Bill Walton.

In spite of the almost constant difficulties presented by Weir’s 70 pound tandem bike, Team Lori and Bill Walton never failed to complete the race or serve as a constant source of inspiration for everyone involved. Last year they were the top fundraiser, with over $160,000; they are hoping to exceed that total this year.

The need for a new bike for Weir was reinforced when his current bike met its doom 25 miles into the first day of the event. Luckily the totals for the event surpassed the funds required, so Jose Doval and Matt Hoffman, with help from Holland Cycles, will now be proceeding with the building of new custom bike for Weir.

“It’s a pleasure to thank everyone for their support, especially The Charitable Foundation, which donated $1500 to help the cause,” said Gutierrez, a residential specialist in the brokerage’s La Jolla office. He noted that everyone was relieved to see Weir on the final day, when it had appeared that car troubles were going to prevent him from making it on time.

“I am happy to report that the additional funds we raised will be allocated toward a new adapted vehicle for Lance,” added Gutierrez. “All of us think it’s critical to ensure that he can keep going to all of these events that he does throughout the year. He inspires people everywhere he goes and makes an incredibly positive impact on the community.”

Donations are currently being accepted for a new vehicle for Weir. For information about how to donate, or qualified real estate assistance, please contact Carlos Gutierrez at 858-551-3380, or via email at

About The Charitable Foundation

Backed by the agents and staff at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties, The Charitable Foundation supports local organizations that promote health, education, community, and the environment. Since its inception the charity has provided over 1000 grants, in excess of $4 million, to make a beneficial and constructive impact on the community.

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