FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE JBFCS HUDSON VALLEY RIDE:
WHAT IS JBFCS?
JBFCS is one of the nation's largest and most respected non-profit mental health and social service agencies. With 175 programs operating in all five boroughs and beyond, we serve approximately 55,000 clients annually from all religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Every night of the year, we provide a home to one thousand individuals who sleep in our beds. When members of our community without a safety net fall---we are there to catch them, comfort them and help them get back on their feet. To learn more about the work of JBFCS visit our web site at http://www.jbfcs.org/.
IS THERE MORE THAN ONE RIDE?
For the past four years, we have had one ride location----starting and ending on our beautiful 100 acre campus in Hawthorne, Westchester County, NY. That ride has had three different length routes, to accommodate the riding abilities of the novice and the pro---10 mile, 25 mile and 62 mile. This year, that ride is scheduled for Sunday, July 14th, 2013.
In addition to our usual ride, we will be expanding the reach and success of the event by hosting a second ride in the Hamptons (starting in East Hampton and ending in Montauk) on Sunday, July 21st, 2013. That ride will offer two distinct (over-lapping) routes in the 25 and 62 mile categories. The good news is that the roads out east are a lot less hilly than they are in Westchester!
Can I ride in both the Hudson Valley and Hamptons ride?
For this FIRST year, we are offering anyone who registers to ride in the HVBR ride on July 14th the opportunity to also ride in the July 21st Hamptons ride. One registration fee covers both rides.
WHERE DOES THE MONEY RAISED GO TO?
Support generated through the JBFCS Hudson Valley Ride will allow JBFCS to sustain, expand and enhance the programs that communities from as far north as Hawthorne to as far south as Staten Island (and everything in between) have come to depend upon. Community Clinics, Day Treatment programs for at-risk youth, training for mental health professionals, residential treatment centers for adults with mental illness (AMI), the developmentally disabled, therapy in group and individual for single parents, home-bound elderly and anyone struggling with grief following the loss of a loved one---these are all the programs that require support beyond what is funded through government and insurance companies.
WHAT ARE THE REGISTRATION FEES AND FUNDRAISING GOALS?
JBFCS Client or Staff
Children under 12
Corporations can register and pay for teams
You can withdraw your registration up until June 24th, three weeks before the ride. After that time you will be accountable for your entry fee and fundraising minimum.
HOW DOES REGISTRATION WORK? HOW DO TEAMS WORK?
If you are an employee, client, or volunteer of JBFCS, you can register for a discounted rate to ride by yourself or as part of a team. The individual / corporate rate of $125 per registration applies if you are registering to ride by yourself or join a team.
Whether riding individually or in teams, each rider is responsible for his or her own designated fundraising minimum. Teams are able to set their own fundraising goals above and beyond the fundraising minimum, and compete against each other for prizes donated by our sponsors.
All individuals can set up their own fundraising webpages. If you join a team, your page becomes linked to the team fundraising page and the money you raise through your page counts towards the team fundraising goal.
You don't have to have a fundraising page--althought it would be awesome if you did. If you have questions about creating or editing your page in the Ride Centeror registering in genereal these handy dandy guides will help you:
You do have to register online. **Online registration ends July 12 at 2 p.m (HVBR) and July 19 at 5 p.m. (Hamptons).
IF I CAN'T RIDE CAN MY DONORS GET THEIR MONEY BACK?
All donations are non-refundable. The money you’ve raised goes to the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS) . Registration Fees are seen as donations and are also non-refundable.
CAN MY DONORS GET TAX RECEIPTS?
Most donors use either their credit card receipts or cancelled checks as donation receipts. Online donors will receive an e-mail confirming their gift and will also be directed to a printable confirmation page when their donation is complete.
DO YOU ACCEPT DONATIONS BY CHECK?
Yes. Checks should be made payable to JBFCS and should include the participant or team name you wish the donation to be attributed to on the check. You should mail check donations to: JBFCS, Attn: JBFCS Hudson Valley Ride,135 W. 50th Street, New York, NY 10020
HOW DO I GET THERE?
By train: Metro-North runs several trains from New York to Hawthorne. We will be supplying a free shuttle from the train station to the campus. Click here for train schedules.
The Hamptons start/finish line address (July 21): The Eastern YMCA, 2 Gingerbread Lane, East Hampton (off of Railroad Ave. and just south of the EH Train Station), NY 11937
The Hampton Ride Finish Line Party (July 21): Restaurant, Race Lane, at 31 Race Lane, East Hampton, NY 11937
CAN I RENT A BIKE?
Sure can for the Hudson Valley Ride on July 14 with the exception of those participating in the 62 mile ride. You can do so while registering online. Bikes are available the day of the ride. First-come, first-serve basis however, for those participating in the Hamptons ride on July 21st, rentals will NOT be available--please bring your own bike.
WHAT TIME DOES IT START?
Hudson Valley Ride, July 14
If you miss your start time you will have to wait until the NEXT route start time. For example arrive at 7:25 with plans to ride the 62 route, sorry you will have to wait until 9:30 and only be able to ride 25. This is a safety issue, no exceptions.
Hamptons Ride, July 21
If you miss the 7:00 a.m. start time, you will have to wait until the NEXT start time at 10:00 a.m. This is a safety issue, no exceptions. And sorry, but there will not be bike rentals for this ride. You must bring your own wheels.
WESTCHESTER EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION
Westchester Emergency Communication Association (WECA) founded in 1972 is a nonprofit organization dedicated to public service through the use of Amateur Radio. Currently WECA has just under 200 members, who with their own communications equipment volunteer at public service events and for emergency drills at Indian Point and the Westchester County Airport. If an emergency arises, WECA members would deploy to assist with communications like many of our members did on 9/11.
WECA will be providing communications assistance for your upcoming event, the Hudson Valley Bike Ride. WECA’s Amateur Radio operators, also known as Hams, will fill about a dozen positions throughout the course including: rest stops, non emergency bicycle rescue vehicles, lead and chase vehicles, and a radio operator called a Shadow which will act as a communication link to your event leader. WECA will also set up a station to use for what we call Net (Network) Control which will facilitate all communications for the event. The Net Control station typically is set up in a communication vehicle called the RACES truck which has a 40 foot telescoping mast radio antenna, as well as 5 radio operating positions. In addition the communications vehicle has an APRS station. This station has the ability to track and display on a computer map, the positions of all vehicles that have a Ham operator in them on the course in real time.
Past events that WECA has supported include; March of Dimes Walk, Westchester Mental Health Walk, and the NYC Marathon. In addition, WECA members volunteer and provide communications for the Red Cross and Westchester County government for drills like the recent Westchester County Airport Emergency Drill.
For more information on WECA or Amateur Radio, please visit their web site at www.weca.org
As Event Managers, Beth Katz and Bob Bagomolny have developed and organized rides, which have ranged in size from 100 riders to 30,000. In the past they have worked with The Missing and Exploited Children Foundation, as well as The 100 Mile Man Foundation, planning and overseeing their "City to Sands" ride, which raised one million dollars for underprivileged children in New York City, providing them with scholarships.
Beth and Bob are accomplished cyclists themselves, and are certified as teachers by the League of American Cycling Instructors. In addition to the rides that they themselves designed, the pair have been called-in to make pre-existing events run smoother. For instance, The MS Walk, the Bike New York/TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour, and a host of smaller rides have all benefitted from Beth and Bob's management skills, increasing in efficiency and safety, as well as rider participation.
Rider safety and support are a priority at all their events. And, by personally managing the ambiance of the ride, with theme-inspired rest-stops, they create a fun and rewarding experience for the riders, surpassing their expectations. In preparation for their events, Beth and Bob work closely with caterers, providing gastronomical surprises such as hummus, cheesecake, baklava, spinach pies, focaccia bread, watermelon and ice cream. They are able to work within specific dietary guidelines, while still offering riders something interesting and tasty to snack on.
Ultimately, the feeling of personal physical accomplishment, combined with the deep emotions that result in helping others--these are rewards in and of themselves. Beth and Bob are there to ensure that everything runs smoothly, and that riders have the support and encouragement to go that extra mile.