The Grandview Peloton team's upcoming fundraising effort will provide both fiscal and physical benefits for the squad.

The Grandview Peloton team's upcoming fundraising effort will provide both fiscal and physical benefits for the squad.

For the third year, team members are offering to aerate residents' lawns in return for donations to the team.

The group is composed of 18 riders who will participate Aug. 8-9 in the Columbus Pelotonia, a fundraising bike ride that ranges up to 180 miles.

"The great thing about the Pelotonia is that 100 percent of the money that is raised stays local and benefits the James Cancer Hospital," said Mark Schaefer, a Grandview Peloton team member.

Over the past two years, the Grandview Peloton has raised more than $80,000, he said.

"A lot of that came from our aeration project," Schaefer said. "It's one of our three major fundraisers."

This year's aeration work will be completed May 1-3, he said.

"We have about a half-dozen of our Peloton members who will be doing the work and some of the Grandview Heights High School football team have also signed up to help," Schaefer said.

This year, the Grandview Peloton will dedicate its effort in memory of Steve Hall, the Grandview Heights High School math teacher and coach who died of cancer in February.

"Steve was so well-loved, and I think his illness and the courage he showed helped bring more attention to the battle against cancer and to our Peloton team," Schaefer said. "We've gotten people joining the team and donating money to our cause.

"Steve was such an inspiration," he said. "When I participated in my first Columbus Pelotonia two years ago, I dedicated my ride in honor of Steve."

Those interested in scheduling their lawn for aeration may call Schaefer at 614-348-8801 or email him at

Residents also may visit the Pelotonia website, pelotonia. org, to donate directly to one of the other riders participating in the aeration project, Schaefer said.

Those riders and their ID numbers include: Schaefer, MS0196; Rich Broderick, RB0026; Rodney Gearhart, RG0073; Jerry Bower, JB0261; Steve Beight, SB0130; Joe Bechtel, JB0336; and Shin Iisaka, SI0002.

The Grandview Pelotonia is asking for donations of at least $60 for the aeration service.

"Most people make a donation based on what they would expect to pay for the size of their lawn," Schaefer said. "Most people give us between $80 and $100."

Working the aeration equipment "provides a really good workout. It's good training for the Pelotonia," he said.

The Grandview Pelotonia's next fundraiser will be a wine-tasting event from 6:30 to 11 p.m. May 16 at Our Lady of Victory Parish Center, 1559 Roxbury Road.

"It's a really fun event," Schaefer said. "Everyone brings three bottles of wine, all the same kind, and two of the bottles are opened, bagged and numbered and the third bottle is held back.

"The person whose wine is rated the best wins all the bottles of wine that were held back," he said. "The person who gets the worst rating gets their bottle back."

An auction also will be held as part of the event.

The cost is $15, $20 per couple, at the door.