Charity Motorcycle Riders Raise $12,000 for Local STRIDE Wounded Warriors
American Infidels VMC & STRIDE Adaptive Sports Hold Successful Fall Fundraiser
(West Sand Lake, NY, 08/26/2021) – STRIDE Adaptive Sports and the American Infidels VMC announced today that they successfully raised over $12,000 to benefit Capital Region veterans with disabilities in the STRIDE Wounded Warrior Program.
On Saturday, charity riders met at Chatham High School and completed the “Ride 4 STRIDE” that ended at S&S Farm Brewery in Nassau. The riders were joined by STRIDE athletes with disabilities, volunteer instructors, and supporters from the general public for an after party that included live music, drinks, food trucks, free ice cream from Stewart’s Shops, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle.
Proceeds from the event will help fund STRIDE’s adaptive sport and recreation programs for over 100 local combat-injured veterans, helping them to move beyond their challenges and live a healthy, active lifestyle.
“STRIDE connected with the American Infidels VMC through Steven Onley, a local veteran who participates in and supports our Wounded Warrior Program and is also a rider with their organization,” explained STRIDE Founder and CEO, Mary Ellen Whitney. “Veterans who participate in STRIDE’s adaptive sports programs naturally gravitate towards leadership and initiative. Over 100 local veterans will benefit from Steven taking point and helping to raise these funds during challenging times for any nonprofit.”
“STRIDE is already gearing up plans for our flagship winter veterans program – the STRIDE Wounded Warrior Snowfest – and we are only able to serve year-after-year because of generous help like this,” added Patrick Hayslett, STRIDE’s Development Director. “STRIDE athletes with disabilities are lucky to have friends and supporters like the American Infidels VMC and S&S Farm Brewery. We also have several local businesses that have been quick to support the cause.”
Questions about STRIDE’s Wounded Warrior Program, and other adaptive sports programs for individuals with disabilities, can be directed to Megan Evans, Program Director, at 518-598-1279, [email protected]. Information on sponsorship opportunities can be obtained from Patrick Hayslett, Development Director, at 518-598-1279, [email protected].
ABOUT STRIDE ADAPTIVE SPORTS
Celebrating 35 years, STRIDE Adaptive Sports is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides over 11,000 adaptive sport and recreation lessons each year to individuals with disabilities, focusing on youth and Wounded Warriors. With a focus on individual life-time sports, STRIDE programs use specialized equipment or teaching aids for successful participation to “level the playing field” for all. STRIDE is a partner member of MoveUnited Sports (formerly Disabled Sports USA) and Professional Ski Instructors of America; a US Paralympic Sport Club; a training club for Special Olympics; and an official Red Cross provider. STRIDE is recognized as one of the leading adaptive sport programs in the Northeastern United States.