9th annual scholarship fund ride and walk set for May 7

Volunteers from Hollis, Zoo New England and friends around the country are organizing a bike ride and walk in memory of Hollis native Jonathan Gilmour, a former zookeeper at Zoo New England’s Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, who died in 2006 at age 29.

All proceeds will benefit the Jonathan Gilmour Memorial Scholarship Fund, which awards annual grants to support the ongoing education and professional development of individual staff members at Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Mass.

The ninth annual Jonathan Gilmour Memorial Scholarship Fund Ride and Walk will be held in Hollis from 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7. Beginning and ending at the Lawrence Barn, the ride features routes of 10, 25 and 50 miles that wind through the back roads of southern New Hampshire and are designed for cyclists ranging from beginner to expert.

Families may opt for the nearby family-friendly bike trail, where they can ride their own desired distance; directions will be provided.

For those who prefer walking, there will be directions for a marked 3-mile walk along lightly traveled roads.

The event will culminate with a cookout for all riders and volunteers, as well as their families and friends. There will also be a raffle and silent auction.

The registration fee is $25 in advance or $30 the day of the event. The suggested fundraising minimum is $100.

The scholarship fund was established with the support of Gilmour’s family and friends as a way to perpetuate his passion for wildlife by providing the opportunity for other members of the zoo community to pursue conservation projects, education opportunities, research initiatives and other wildlife-focused efforts.

For more information about Gilmour, the fund, the ride and walk, or the projects of past scholarship recipients, visit www.zoonewengland.org/engage/jonathan-gilmour-memorial-scholarship-fund-ride-and-walk or call 1-617-379-5190.