Easton residents August Gangi, Jennifer Meyers, Ted Myles, Lori Prew, Diane Gangi, Elizabeth Puopolo, Sharon Beals, Bridget Dumoulin, Mary Catherine Ring, Bruce Ring, Dennis Harkins, Cathy Kligler, and Roger Kligler all participated in the ride.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Submitted to Easton Patch: It was a desire to do “some kind of volunteering” that first prompted August Gangi of Easton to become an afterschool tutor for a child experiencing homelessness with School on Wheels of Massachusetts in 2007. But after meeting SOWMA Executive Director Cheryl Opper, also of Easton, and falling “in love” with the organization’s mission, the insurance brokerage and risk management services executive felt the need to do more. So the day after the tutor training, he purchased dictionaries and calculators to give to SOWMA students, asked his employer, Risk Strategies Company (RSC), to donate backpacks, school supplies and money, and rode in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Rodman Ride for Kids to raise funds for students …
Rain did not stop cyclists and volunteers from celebrating the 21st annual fund raising event.
The 21st Rodman Ride for Kids began in Foxborough on Oct. 1 and came through Easton. The ride is a non-competitive cycling tour each fall, devoted to raising money for at-risk children in Massachusetts. The money that is raised from the event is donated to youth-focused social service agencies in hopes to improve the lives and support for the children. The ride has raised over $52 million since 1991.
School on Wheels members met at Hilliards Thursday afternoon for ice cream and to discuss the upcoming charity bike ride.
Even though the ride isn't until September 24, the School on Wheels team is already getting into gear. Members from School on Wheels of Massachusetts gathered at Hilliards House of Candy Wednesday evening to eat ice cream and plan for their upcoming participation in the Rodman Ride for Kids. Hilliards owner Nelson Fernandes allowed the organizers into his business and even provided free ice cream. Fernadndes is a friend of School on Wheels Board Member Ted Myles. "Nelson and I are friends," Myles said. "If you can't hit up a friend for free ice cream, who can you hit up?" The ride, which begins and ends at Rodman Ford in Foxborough and consists of a 25, 50 or 100 mile tour, raised $8 million for various area charities last year, including …