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Partner Spotlight: Don Jones of John L. Scott
We know that Don Jones of John L Scott Real Estate has been a rider and that John L Scott has been a  sponsor of Ride for a Child for years. But we wanted to learn more about the how and why he chose to give to Ride for a Child…Here’s his story.
Q How did you get involved in RFAC? 
 I’ve been a real estate broker since 1978 and got to know Dick Hartung through my business (Dick was a homebuilder under the name LHL Homes). When Dick got the idea to fundraise as a tribute to his daughter Jill, who succumbed to childhood cancer, I joined in the next year, or possibly the 3rd year. We lost our first baby at birth from a cancer matter in utero so we were already sensitized to the cause.
Q How many years have you ridden? Do you still ride, and if so, is it with family, friends?
I started riding bicycles (again, for the first time since I had my driver’s license when I was 16!) in 1999 when I was intrigued by Cycle Oregon’s bicycling route in the Wallowa mountains region and bought a bike to train for it that summer. Suzy and I do ride regularly but we’re fair weather riders so during the wet and cold months we’re relegated to the indoor trainer. Mostly I ride with Suzy, but also solo and sometimes with a friend of mine. I’m doing Bike Ride N.W.’s week-long tour with my brother Mark towards the end of August this year. 
Q How is did John L Scott involved, how long have they been sponsoring Ride for a Child?
How does RFAC fit with their mission?
I’ve been with JLS for many years and I reached out to them to request their sponsorship. It does fit well with their “JLS Foundation” which raises money for children’s health issues, notably Doernbacher Hospital.
Q What do you most like about RFAC’s mission as a rider?
Anything that results in contributions to this worthwhile charity is fine with me. I don’t personally reach out to individual friends/associates for contributions; we self-fund so to speak but for many, even most, riders that’s their only realistic avenue to generating funds. It works, obviously! 
Q What is one of your favorite memories during your involvement with RFAC?
Dick Hartung has always been an inspirational person, to my perception. Having lost a child at his girl’s age of about 10 (I think) is inconceivably devasting and I admire his focus and strength to be able to turn that into a difference-making tribute to Jill. I’ve been proud to be associated with a cause so worthwhile. 
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First Republic and Jeff Yandle

Jeff (pictured at Ride For a Child 2019, far right) serves as Treasurer on the Candlelighters Executive Board, and Sr. Director of Wealth Management at First Republic Bank. It will be his 10th year riding for Ride for a Child - that's dedication! Thank you Jeff, and...