Welcome to JBFCS' fifth annual HVBR and the first annual Hamptons Bike Ride
JBFCS is expanding our bike ride footprint by adding a SECOND ride this year, in the Hamptons on Long Island. Due to popular demand, and considering the number of our supporters and friends who spend weekends on the eastern end of Long Island, we are thrilled to offer a new ride this year that will start and end in East Hampton. The ride will offer two routes: a 28 mile route and a 62 mile route. Both routes start and end at the YMCA in the center of East Hampton town, just a stone’s throw from the East Hampton LIRR train station.
Heading north, both routes (28 and 62 mile) will take our riders through a scenic stretch leading through Sag Harbor and back to East Hampton. The longer route (62 miles) will then head out east to the Montauk Light House at the very tip of Long Island, and then back again to East Hampton, where we will be hosting a finish line brunch at Race Lane restaurant.
We will have a series of rest stops with delicious locally grown and baked treats along the route. For those of you who have conquered the Hudson Valley Bike Ride, the advantage of this ride on Long Island is that the terrain is much flatter and therefore the rides will be completed in much shorter time. We are anticipating a start time for the 62 mile route of 7:00 a.m. and a start time for the 28 mile route of 8:00 a.m. with the majority of riders back at Race Lane for freshly blended smoothies and stories from the road by around 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Welcome to the FIFTH annual Hudson Valley Bike Ride! Many of you will be returning to our Hawthorne Cedar Knolls campus for a fifth year on July 14th , and some of you may be learning about JBFCS for the first time. I have served of President of the Board of this great agency for the past three years, 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 110 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. Last year, our fourth, was a record year for us---raising nearly $700,000! This year we are excited to branch out and offer a second ride (on Sunday July 21st) in the Hamptons. 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 the 14th or 21st of July and thank you in advance for your efforts to help support this agency I care so much about.
Founder, JBFCS Hudson Valley Ride