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OHEL Charity Bike Ride

by admin on May 12, 2010

On Sunday, May 2, 2010, bike riders will set out to complete the TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour to raise money for charity. The race takes place through the five boroughs of New York City and totals 42 miles in length. The ride begins in Manhattan and travels through Central Park, Harlem, the Bronx,  Queens, and Brooklyn, before ending on Staten Island.

Team Ohel has raised thousands of dollars for this charity bike tour to go to Ohel Bais Ezra’s summer camp programs. These riders feel that summer camp can be a great life experience kids by providing them with lots of friends, fun, and new experiences. They work to ensure that children who come from backgrounds with poverty or domestic abuse as well as children with disabilities have the opportunity to experience summer camp for themselves. Ohel sponsors and provides scholarships to help the financial needs of these children and their families. The experiences they gain are often life changing and can help them build the interpersonal and leadership skills that will help them throughout life.

Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services works to provide homes and families for Jewish children that have endured hardships such as abandonment, abuse, neglect, and disabilities. Founded in 1969, they perform seven core services – housing, foster care, outpatient counseling, at home services, school based services, camps, and sexual abuse services. They provide these core services through their 26 programs which include the Milton and Molly Schulman Foster Care Program, the Robert and Roselin Vegh Preventative Care Program, and a toll free hotline with experts ready to provide advice on many different problems.

The Bais Ezra program was founded in 1978 and provides services to individuals with disabilities and their families. It is designed to help people with disabilities through all stages of life – from coping with their diagnosis to living a healthy and productive adult life. Bais Ezra provides services for various needs such as coordinators, residential habilitation, respite care, and recreation programs.

Lions Deal Wholesale Restaurant Supplies’ owner, Fred Schulman, will be participating in the TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour as part of Team Ohel this Sunday. Lions Deal specializes in selling kitchenware, dinnerware, flatware, and restaurant equipment and is proud to be taking part in this event. If you would like to make a contribution to support Team Ohel and help disadvantaged kids attend summer camp, please visit their webiste.

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From the Lionsdeal.com president, Fred Schulman:

This past Sunday May 2nd was a truly inspiring day for me. As president of Lionsdeal  Restaurant Supplies I generally do not  blog  about my personal experiences but this is an exception.  I was blessed with the opportunity to ride in the T.D. bank 5 borough bike tour on behalf of a well known New York charity, Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services. My wife Cindy joined me in this event. As both an OHEL Board Member and as someone who enjoys cycling, I was thrilled to be a part of Team OHEL, and to participate in the 2010 TD Bank 5 Boro NYC Bike Tour.

This year, Team OHEL’s mission was to help raise much needed funds to send children with profound disabilities to OHEL’s spectacular camp and year round recreation programs, where they get a chance to relax just like any other child, while receiving state of the art therapeutic play, caring counselors, and fabulous fun.

The ride was exhilarating. At 8am, starting time the weather was a balmy 80 degrees. We started in downtown Manhattan only steps from the site of 9/11 and took off towards the Bronx.  We rode up the Harlem River drive on closed off roads…..In Queens we stopped in Flushing Park for lunch and then continued our ride into Brooklyn and ended after riding over the Verrazano Bridge into Staten Island. We then took the Staten Island ferry back to Manhattan passing  the statue of liberty on our way.   Riding along with over 30,000 combined with raising money for an outstanding organization was an experience I will not soon forget.

You can learn more about OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services or  make a donation in support of my ride and OHEL’s children.

I would like to thank all of my associates at Lionsdeal.com for giving me the encouragement to do this ride and for the extra time off during the day to train. In particular I would like to thank. Daniel, Eric, Eyal, Harry, Jack, Josh, Lonny, Mohammed,Tobey.

Team Ohel as a whole raised over $32,000. And I was able to participate in a great event that also helped promote wellness in my community. Besides having fun and the satisfaction of giving back to this worthy cause, I even lost a few pounds training for the ride!

I would also like to thank the following major contributors who helped make this a financial success.  Bob Burzin of Winco (wincous.com), Larry and Sharona Beck , Eva Hefter at Hefter Law group immigration and Visa Law,  Jerome Krantz,  Daniel Feinberg of Feinberg international espionage/Lionsdeal.com, Josh Schulman of Lionsdeal.com, Jack Markovic of  Lionsdeal.com,  Stanley E. Beck, Rivka Friedman,  and Louis Greenspan,  Dr. Robert and Susan Schulman, Eitan and Naomi Agbashoff, Ruth Markovic, Eric Morgan, Michal Schulman, Andrew and Debra Wolfe,  and Robert Wellins.

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