Annual Charity Bike Ride Raises Funds and Awareness for the 13th Year
More than 350 cyclists turned out to participate in the 13th Annual Ride for Autism bicycle ride on June 8, 2013 at Brookdale Community College. This year’s event, presented again by RESET, an ICAP Group Company, helped raise money and awareness for Autism New Jersey. Riders of all skill levels and ages enjoyed scenic routes ranging from 10 to 100 miles throughout central New Jersey. There was also a one-mile “fun ride” on campus for children of all ages. The Ride for Autism continues to be Autism New Jersey’s top community fundraiser year after year and has raised more than $650,000 since the introduction of this event.
"This was perhaps the most challenging year we have ever had in terms of weather and our turnout was much lighter than usual," said ride director and Autism New Jersey member Andy Abere, whose adult son has autism. “Up until Friday the forecast was for the rain from Tropical Storm Andrea to hit our area on Saturday, so many people who might have made plans to ride made other plans instead. But, the weather gods were kind to us and the rain stopped during the night on Friday and those who came out enjoyed beautiful day of riding, food, music and fun."
The ride started and ended back at the college where riders enjoyed a celebratory Surf Taco lunch, pies from Perkins Restaurant of Colts Neck, chocolates from Ferrero USA, music from NJ 101.5 and a drawing for prizes including a kid's mountain bike from Fuji Bikes and wellness package from the Atlantic Club of Red Bank and Manasquan.
"Each year, the dedication of the Ride organizers, participants and volunteers continues to astound us," noted Ellen Schisler, Autism New Jersey's Director of Development and Marketing. "It brings out the best of our community, united to raise autism awareness and important funds for Autism New Jersey. We cannot thank Andy and his team and the hundreds of donors and riders enough for their support."
Thanks go to all the participants, volunteers (especially from Goldman Sachs Community Team Works group and the Jersey Shore Touring Society bicycle club), donors, and sponsors including: Knapp's Cyclery (which provided mechanical support); NJ 101.5 (which provided music and prizes); the Roberts Group; Analar Corporation; the law firm of Hinkle, Fingles and Prior; The Aquino Family Foundation; and PowerBar and Amrita Health Foods (both of which provided nutrition bars). Special thanks go again to G4 Productions, who provided outstanding production support.
Visit www.ride4autism.org and click on the link to their Facebook page to see pictures and videos from this year’s ride, and also to donate. We hope to see you at next year’s event!