For the third year, JoyRide is helping make it possible for people who can’t afford it to access the arts. They’re sponsoring the third annual Joy of the Arts Fashion Show and have recruited several Wilton residents and some of their Wilton spin studio instructors and riders to help out.

For the third year, the Joy of the Arts Fashion Show will benefit the Ridgefield Playhouse’s Arts for Everyone program. Tickets go on sale today, Monday, Aug. 29 for the Oct. 19 event.

Three Wilton residents will be among the models in the show:  Dana Nickel, Kristy Snyder and Tammy Ward; also strutting the runway will be some of JoyRide Wilton’s instructors–Wilton resident Anne Stauff as well as Amanda Grant, Cindy Tamburri, Tricia Buffardi, Jared Marinelli and Adam Keller–and Wilton rider Kelly Lowry.

The women models be sporting the latest athletic and leisurewear from Jade, a a fitness clothing boutique in New Canaan owned by Wilton resident Maxine Berg.

All proceeds from the Fashion Show will benefit the Arts for Everyone outreach program, which donates tickets to families from low income areas, other non-profit organizations, and Title 1 schools that cannot afford to purchase tickets to Arts in Education shows that supplement their curriculum. Last year, the program distributed more than 2,000 tickets.

The Wilton riders were of the same mind when it came to being eager to volunteer their time and help the cause.

Nickel was grateful to be connected to an effort that was beneficial to so many others.  “Joyride’s support of local charities has given me the gift of involvement in initiatives that are united by the common belief in the power of a community of passionate individuals to unite in the service of charity to change lives and spread JOY,” she said.

Ward was also enthusiastic.

“I said ‘yes’ before I even knew the particulars as I know that Joyride is always involved in great charity events that benefit great causes, especially ones in our local community. It is truly an honor to represent JoyRide in support of The Arts for Everyone program at the Ridgefield Playhouse,” Ward told GMW.

Their fellow rider, Lowry, echoed those sentiments.

“I love JoyRide and Maxine from Jade, so of course I would do anything for them. I also feel fortunate to have a venue so close to home with talented artists and I attend shows often with friends. I have seen Natalie Merchant, Jewel, Indigo Girls (to name a few) which I would not have seen otherwise if we didn’t have the Ridgefield Playhouse. Doing something to help people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to access this resource is something I jumped at the chance to do.”

Since co-founders and Westport residents Amy Hochhauser and Rhodie Lorenz founded JoyRide more than five years ago, they have witnessed, first-hand, how indoor cycling can transform people’s lives, whether it be improving their health, becoming stronger physically and emotionally or overcoming challenges on and off the bike.

That, says Hochhauser, is what’s behind their support of the Arts for Everyone program as well as the many other charitable, community efforts the studios support. “The culture of JoyRide is more than fitness:  it’s a culture of good health, paying it forward, supporting one another and spreading joy,” she explains.

The Joy of the Arts Fashion Show will be held at Lounsbury House, 316 Main St. in Ridgefield on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m.. Tickets are now on sale via the JoyRide Ridgefield website.