Des Moines, Iowa (June 2) – The Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Principal Charity Classic, and Variety – The Children’s Charity donated an adaptive bicycle to Conor O’Leary Aerts this afternoon. PGA TOUR Champions professional Esteban Toledo presented the bike to Conor at Atlantic Bottling’s offices.

Conor is a 5-year old boy with a diagnosis of Batten disease, a rapidly progressive, incurable neurodegenerative disease. As time progresses, Conor will lose his ability to walk. He currently undergoes intense physical therapy to slow the progression down. The specialized bike will help Conor remain mobile and maintain range of motion of his hip, knee and ankle joints. He cannot generate the muscle strength or balance to independently ride a traditional bike. The use of the specialized bike with the rear steering bar will allow Conor to continue working on his strength and ride a bike like all 5-year old boys.

“Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling, the Principal Charity Classic, and Variety – The Children’s Charity are proud to present Conor and his family with this custom bicycle,” said tournament director Doug Habgood. “This bike is specially-fitted for Conor’s needs and we hope it brings him joy. Making a difference in children’s lives through specialized bicycle donations is always one of the most satisfying parts of tournament week for the Principal Charity Classic.”

The 2021 Principal Charity Classic will take place from June 4-6 with one of the strongest fields ever visiting the historic Wakonda Club. For more information, please visit www.principalcharityclassic.com or connect with the tournament on social media at facebook.com/principalcharityclassic, Twitter @PCCTourney, and Instagram @principalcharityclassic.

 

About Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company

Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company is a privately owned, independent bottler and distributor of Coca-Cola products and other non-alcoholic beverages for Iowa, parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Missouri. A beverage program is available for restaurants, hotels and special events, as well as full-service vending. Atlantic Bottling has been serving Iowa since 1909.

 

About the Principal Charity Classic

The Principal Charity Classic is an annual and award-winning PGA TOUR Champions event dedicated to investing in the future of Iowa kids. In 2020, the Principal Charity Classic raised a record $6.7 million for charity, bringing the tournament’s giving total to more than $30 million since 2007. Tournament funds benefit organizations that provide a broad level of support to Iowa kids in the areas of education and culture, financial security and stability, and/or health and wellness. Last year, the tournament touched the lives of more than 130,000 children statewide.

 

About Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa

Variety is dedicated to improving the lives of children who are at-risk, underprivileged, critically ill or living with special needs throughout Iowa. Funding is provided to programs and initiatives that directly impact the well-being of children in our community. For more information on how you can be part of our work, please visit varietyiowa.com.