Oakland, CA - OUCH Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis riders Floyd Landis and Tim Johnson are contributing signed jerseys to help cycling photographer Jonathan Devich raise money as part of his MODogs raffle to benefit the Humane Society of Missouri.
This past July, federal authorities broke up the largest dog-fighting ring in U.S. history. The Humane Society of Missouri took in over 400 dogs rescued from the ring. Knowing he was going to be in Missouri for the Tour this week, Devich, who provides photography to OUCH Presented by Maxxis, set up a fundraising initiative called MODogs, through which he is raffling off cycling memorabilia related to this week's Tour of Missouri. He is also donating proceeds from any prints he sells from shooting the Tour of Missouri. All money raised will go to the HSMO Animal Cruelty Fund.
Landis has contributed a signed OUCH Presented by Maxxis jersey to the raffle, while Johnson is contributing a signed jersey from his upcoming cyclocross season with Cyclocrossworld. A number of other riders and teams racing in the Tour of Missouri have also contributed signed jerseys. The Tour of Missouri race organization is also contributing a signed yellow leader's jersey.
"As a dog owner, the decision to help out Jonathan was a really easy one," Johnson said. "And the Tour of Missouri is a great venue to help raise awareness for what Jonathan is doing to benefit the Humane Society of Missouri."
Raffle tickets are just $5 each and can be purchased through Devich's website, www.epicimages.us.
Photo: Jonathan Devich