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On the Road
By Jeff Jardine
Former Modestan Dave O'Mara is into his second week of a cycling
trip across the United States to raise money for Real Options
for City Kids (ROCK), a San Francisco-based nonprofit. O'Mara,
33, graduated from Davis High in 1995 and St. Mary's College
in 1999. He spent a year volunteering with AmeriCorps in Utah
before beginning his career in finance with Metropolitan Life.
nearly nine years with MetLife, he decided it was time for
lost a lot a passion, and when you lose your passion you're
doing a disservice to the company and yourself," O'Mara
said. "So I took some time off."
plans to return to work, for a company much smaller than MetLife,
in October.In the interim, he's recharging himself.
on a bike ride with a friend a few weeks ago, he decided to
do a fund-raiser ride for ROCK, choosing the nonprofit because
he's done volunteer work for it for several years. He contacted
ROCK Chief Executive Officer Curt Yagi, and they got -- literally
-- the wheels rolling.
began his trip May 22 on the Santa Monica Pier and plans to
roll into Washington, D.C. on or about July 9. He dedicated
the ride to his Aunt Claire, whom he credits with being a
role model as a teacher, missionary and someone who "has
spent her entire life working to better the lives of others,"
according to the Web page dedicated to his ride.
Anyone interested in donating can visit www.followingclairerocksf.org