What is the Hudson Valley Bike Ride?
Founded in the fall of 2008 by then Jewish Board President-elect Tony Mann, the Hudson Valley Bike Ride has quickly become one of The Jewish Board’s most celebrated and unique fundraising events.
When is the Ride?
Sunday, September 18, 2016.
What is The Jewish Board?
For 140 years, The Jewish Board has been helping New Yorkers realize their potential and live as independently as possible. We promote resilience and recovery by addressing all aspects of an individual’s life, including mental and physical health, family, housing, employment and education.
The Jewish Board serves more than 43,000 New Yorkers each year through a comprehensive array of community-based programs, day treatment centers and residential facilities. The depth and breadth of our programming is matched only by the diversity of the population we serve.
Every day The Jewish Board provides:
- services for developmentally disabled children
- shelter and therapy to vulnerable teens and children
- healing and hope to women scarred by domestic abuse
- counseling for adults and children struggling with mental illness or recovering from trauma
- respite care for families caring for adults with disabilities
How Do I Get There?
The Hudson Valley Bike Ride starts at Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577 directly across from the entrance to the Pepsi corporate offices.
What Time Does the Ride Start?
There are three different ride lengths with three different registration and start times. If you miss the start time of the ride you register for, you will not be able to head out onto the road until the NEXT start time. If you miss the start time for the 10 mile route, you will not be permitted to ride.
|Route||Registration Window||Start Time|
|62 miles||6:15-7:00 am||7:00 am|
|25 miles||7:30-8:30 am||8:45 am|
|10 miles||9:00-10:00 am||10:15 am|
What is the Ride Experience Like?
Our ride is known for being physically difficult, even at the 10-mile length, due to the steep hills and topography of the area. Our ride is also known to be one of the more scenic rides, and we provide our riders with evenly-spaced incredible rest stops with delicious food as well as a fantastic finish line BBQ with live music and dancing. All riders receive a t-shirt.
Do I Have to Wear a Helmet?
Yes. No riders will be permitted on the road without a helmet, and if one of our ride marshals spots you out on the road without a helmet, you will be provided one or asked to discontinue your ride and get in the sag vehicle.
Where Does the Money Raised Go?
Support generated through The Jewish Board’s Hudson Valley Bike Ride will allow The Jewish Board to sustain, expand and enhance the programs that communities from as far north as Westchester County to as far south as Staten Island (and everything in between) have come to depend upon. Community clinics, day treatment programs for at-risk youth, training for mental health professionals, residential treatment centers for adults with mental illness (AMI) and the developmentally disabled, therapy in group and individual sessions for single parents and anyone struggling with grief following the loss of a loved one—these are just some of the programs that require support beyond what is funded through government and insurance reimbursement.
What Are the Registration Fees and Fundraising Goals?
We are encouraging all of our riders to shoot for a fundraising minimum of $500. That is a goal, not a requirement.
|Participation Type||Entry Fee||Fundraising Minimum|
|Jewish Board Client or Staff||$25||$200|
Corporations can register and pay for entire teams. You can withdraw your registration up until three weeks before the ride. After that time the registration fee is non-refundable.
If I Can’t Ride, Do I and My Supporters Get Their Money Back?
All donations are non-refundable. The money you’ve raised goes to the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (The Jewish Board). Registration fees are seen as donations and are also non-refundable.
Do Donors Get Tax Receipts?
Most donors use either their credit card receipts or cancelled checks as donation receipts. Online donors will receive an email confirming their gift and will also be directed to a printable confirmation page when their donation is complete. Donors who mail a check in to The Jewish Board will receive a formal letter of acknowledgement for tax filing purposes.
Do You Accept Donations By Check?
Yes. Checks should be made payable to The Jewish Board and should include participant or team name you wish the donation to be attributed to on the check. You should mail check donations to: The Jewish Board, Attn: Hudson Valley Bike Ride, 135 W. 50th Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10020
How Does Registration Work? How Do Teams Work?
If you are an employee, client, or volunteer of The Jewish Board, you can register at a discounted rate to ride by yourself or as part of a team. The individual / corporate rate of $125 per registration applies if you are registering to ride by yourself or if you are part of a team.
Whether riding individually or in teams, each rider is responsible for his or her own designated fundraising minimum. Teams are able to set their own fundraising goals above and beyond the fundraising minimum.
Why Create a Personal Page?
All individuals can set up their own fundraising webpages within the Hudson Valley Bike Ride site. You can then send potential donors/supporters a link to your page which explains to your friends and family why you are riding and what you hope to achieve. The page can be customized with your own personal message, a scroll of your donors’ names and photos. If you join a team, your page becomes linked to the team fundraising page, and the money you raise through your page counts toward the team fundraising goal.
You don’t have to have a fundraising page, but it would be great if you did.
You do have to register online.