A Letter from the Founder
Welcome to the SEVENTH annual Hudson Valley Bike Ride! Many of you will be joining us for the seventh year in a row and some of you may be learning about the ride for the first time. For this coming July 19, we are excited to announce that we are moving the start/finish line to Purchase College campus in Harrison. As those of you who have participated in the past know, the start/finish for the past five years has been at our Hawthorne Cedar Knolls (HCK) campus which provided everyone a unique opportunity to explore our beautiful 100 acre campus and meet many of our staff and clients. Unfortunately, the HCK campus is also located at the top of a VERY steep and dangerous hill that made getting to/from the start/finish line very difficult, especially for less experienced riders. The new location at Purchase College campus, just about a 10 minute drive to the east, allows us to mix up the routes a bit this year while still incorporating some beautiful scenic areas and great rest stops.
I served as President of the Board of this great agency from 2010 through 2013, but first started out over twenty years ago, as a volunteer at one of our programs serving at-risk youth. It has been an honor and privilege to serve this agency and help support the critically important work our staff do with people in need. JBFCS acts as a safety net for some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers among us. We’ve been doing it for over 140 years--providing mental health services, counseling, housing, and compassionate care to little pre-school children and aging adults, and everyone in between.
I decided to start this bike ride event to celebrate the work of this agency, promote the importance of both mental and physical health, and raise money at the same time. I could not be more pleased with how successful the event has been. My hope is that we will continue to come together as staff, clients, trustees, and donors old and new to have fun, reach for a goal and make the world a better place.
I look forward to meeting you on July 19 and thank you in advance for your efforts to help support this agency I care so much about.
Chair of the Board, JBFCS
Founder, JBFCS Hudson Valley Bike Ride