On Saturday, July 26, more than 200 riders participated in the first annual “Loop,” a 20-mile bike ride to benefit the NYFAC Foundation and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). In total, the day’s events raised nearly $15,000 – and a lot of good will in the community.
“Our first annual Loop was a great success,” said Andrew Baumann, president and CEO of New York Families for Autistic Children (NYFAC). “So we’re already getting ready – mark your calendars for next July.”
Riders assembled at the NYFAC building on Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach, and, after a light breakfast and ribbon cutting ceremony – with the help of Senator Joseph Addabbo and a representative of Assemblymember Phil Goldfeder – they were off. The route took bicyclists over three bridges in two boroughs and back to NYFAC, where there was a “thank you” barbecue complete with DJ and dancing.
Upon their return, stoked riders said they had a blast – and are already looking forward to next year’s Loop.
“It was a great ride. We had a good time,” said Patricia Hernandez-Mayo, who came from Hicksville, Long Island, to participate.
Joe Mure, Esq., echoed the sentiment. “It was a great ride. We had a good time,” said Mure, who sits on the Board of directors of JDRF and also a trustee of NYFAC. “I think this was a great cause and a great reason to come out and get a little exercise.”
City Councilmember Eric Ulrich and daughter Lily came out later in the day to greet those at the barbecue, where a 50/50 raffle raised $610.
For Angelo Gurino, owner of Ragtime, the Loop was a family affair. He, his wife and children rode in honor of “the two causes: JDRF, which is close to my family, and the NYFAC Foundation, on whose Board my wife serves.”
Proceeds from the Loop are going to the NYFAC Foundation and JDRF.
To learn more, visit www.nyfacfoundation.org or call 347 566 3122, Ext 305.
Tonia N. Cimino, Director of Development, 347-566-3122, Ext 305