November 22, 2022
November 18, 2022
FOXBORO — Area residents went the extra mile this week to raise money for organizations that help children.
Rodman for Kids, an umbrella nonprofit organization that supports more than 40 youth-focused nonprofit partners, hosted its 32nd annual Ride for Kids event. This year’s ride offered 25 and 50 mile routes, starting and ending at Schneider Electric on Neponset Avenue, as well as a virtual option called “choose your own adventure” where participants could select the activity they they wanted to raise funds and support the cause.
The non-competitive bike fundraising tour is organized to help bring needed programs and support to underserved children in the area. The ride’s fan results impact thousands of children every year, having raised $148 million since the ride’s inception.
One of the local organizations profiting from the ride is ConfiKids.
Foxboro’s Rachel Calabrese, founder and executive director of the nonprofit ConfiKids, said she’s been doing the Rodman Ride for Kids for about 14 years now. “Over 40 different non-profit organizations help all the kids who ride together and raise funds. It’s the best event,” she said.
Ashley Shailor, 17, a senior from Foxboro High School who volunteered at the Confikids tent, said turnout was great.
“I haven’t seen so many people in a long time and I think it’s amazing how many young people of all ages came out today to ride,” she said.
Shailor thinks the event is very important because all children deserve the opportunity to do what they love and participate in the activities they want to do.
The expenses for the event are fully funded by the Don and Marilyn Rodman Foundation, so 100% of the money raised goes directly to programs, resources and opportunities for children.
Sponsors for this year’s ride included the Flatley Foundation, Karl Feitelberg, Mary and Joe D’Arrigo, Alku, Ernst & Young, Beacon Pointe, Verrochi Family, Connors Family, Kelly Family Foundation, Nash Icon 98.9, Amazon , Acella Construction, Curry College, among others.
“The Ride for Kids is a high point, allowing us to celebrate the tireless work of our partner organizations throughout the year,” said Amy Rossman, Executive Director of Rodman for Kids who has worked with the organization for 17 years. .
Rossman said everything they do is rooted in the belief that every child has the right to access the programs, resources and opportunities they need to dream, grow and succeed.
Rossman said when you bring together more than 1,000 riders, volunteers and donors who have all dedicated their time and resources to making a difference for children, the spirit and energy of the day is indescribable.
“I always look forward to hearing one of the young people we impact sing the national anthem and see the first wave of runners go, and we keep that enthusiasm and excitement going until the last runner comes back and crosses over. the finish line,” Rossman said.
The event drew attendees from across the state and beyond.
For Woburn’s Michael Loria, this is his 10th year of participating and so far he has raised $3,900. He said he hoped to raise another $100 to donate $4,000.
His wife Audrey Loria is executive director of Wildflower for Kids, an organization he and his friend Joel Toner from Winchester raised funds for along the way.
Loria said proceeds from the race will go directly to the organization he rides for, which supports children who have lost a parent.
Toner, who entered for the first time, raised $1,600 for Wildflower for Kids.
“They do such valuable work that led me to participate in this event to raise funds. I’m a little nervous for the first outing, but with Mike’s advice, I’m sure everything will be fine. Toner said.
Norwood’s Kellyn Martin said this was her eighth year at the event.
Martin works for Ernst & Young, which raises funds for Wounderfund, which works with children involved in the Ministry of Children and Families and also raises for the Mass Mentoring Partnership program.
“I’m so excited. Every year it’s so awesome to see all of these organizations come out and ride together and raise money for amazing causes,” Martin said.
It was the first year of participation for Zach Rhein, 17, and his brother Alex Rhein, 15, both students of Newton High School.
Zach said his father Lawrence Rhein is the chair of the pediatrics department at UMass Memorial Health Care and asked him and his brother to race with him.
“I’m a little nervous because I’ve never done this before, but I’m very excited for the race,” said Zach.
Alex said it was his first time doing 25 miles.
“I haven’t really trained for it, but I hope to do it. I’m quite nervous but I’m happy to do this and I’ll be proud of myself when it’s over,” he said.