Dear members of the press
It is my hope that you could bring some attention to this event
I started the Bikers Rally for Brain Injured Children several years ago here in New Jersey
Starting out with only 17 riders named at the time Ray Cola’s Bikers Rally for Brain Injured Children has grown significantly with the help of the New Jersey Elks MC and many others. Thousands of people have participated in the event over the past 7 years.
It’s the second Saturday in April every year. [4/09/11]
In 2010 We went National with it - My idea was simple - get a group from each state to do a MOTORCYCLE RUN/RALLY on the second Sat in April and each state gives the proceeds they collect to a special needs children's charity of their choice I don't take any $ from them what ever they collect they donate it directly to a children’s charity in their area
The cool thing about it is that Bikers across the country will be riding in unison on the same day for the same cause! To create THE BIKERS RALLY ACROSS AMERICA For Brain Injured Children
Participating in 2011 so far is
Details for New Jersey are:
NEW JERSEY’s 8th annual BIKERS RALLY FOR BRAIN INJURED CHILDREN SATURDAY APRIL 9th 2011
OLD BRIDGE ELKS LODGE
67 Old Amboy Road
Old Bridge NJ 08857
RAIN OR SHINE
Escorted Scenic Rides to the Rally point leaving from
These locations at 12 Noon
148 Railroad Ave
Closter NJ 07624
1 Roosevelt RD
Parlin NJ 08859
951 Lincoln Ave East
Cranford NJ 07016
364 Broadway Bayonne NJ 07002
Manville/Hillsborough ELKS Lodge
1500 Brooks BLVD
Hillsborough NJ 08884
YOU DON’T HAVE TO RIDE TO ENJOY A GREAT PARTY FOR A GREAT CAUSE
Donation is $20.00 per person enjoy 5 live bands –great food-beer-vendors of all kinds
All proceeds will be donated to the special needs children of the Sayreville B.I.C. camp and Camp Robin in Old Bridge
PS Below you will find an article that was written for 2009 Rally by Toynett Hall of the Suburban News. If you have any questions I can be reached at 732 309 3337
Bikers give back with annual rally
Motorcycle ride, rally to benefit Old Bridge, Sayreville charities
BY TOYNETT HALL Staff Writer
When Ray Fornicola of Parlin makes a promise, he keeps it. Six years ago he made a vow to help brain-injured children in his community, and has kept his word by raising funds through his annual bikers rally. This year's sixth annual ride will take place on April 11, with sign-in at Bello's sports pub in Parlin at 11 a.m.
Fornicola was inspired to start the annual fundraiser by the New Jersey State Elks Association's Miracle Run, a benefit for special needs children. He said he feels he has been blessed and wants to pay it forward by giving back to his community.
Throughout his life, Fornicola said, he has had luck on his side. He considers his wife and two children to be his greatest blessings. He wanted to do his part and help parents of special needs children.
"I see these parents and what they have to go through, and the older these children get, the harder it is," he said.
It takes a full year to plan this one-day event. Fornicola said he has been able to pull it off with the aid of the Elks Motorcycle Club in Cranford. Fornicola, vice president of the club, said the group does a lot for charity.
"We ride all year long to raise money for those in need, mainly but not limited to children's and veterans charities," he said. The Cranford Elks MC has over 100 members. Last year, it donated more than $30,000 to various charities and rode 67,000 miles in the process. It also plays a major role in the Miracle Run, which raises money for Camp Moore, a camp for special needs children.
Since the Cranford Elks MC started in 1999, many other Elks lodges have created their own motorcycle clubs. At last count, Fornicola said, there were more than 1,000 people across the country riding around with the Elks "Riding for Charity" patch on the back of their vests.
"So the next time you see a big group of bikers rolling down the Parkway, give them some room because they are more than likely on their way to help someone," Fornicola said.
Last year's Bikers Rally for Brain-Injured Children attracted a crowd of more than 500 and raised approximately $15,000. This year, Fornicola is expecting at least 1,000 people.
All proceeds will be donated to the Sayreville Association for Brain-Injured Children and Camp ROBIN in Old Bridge.
The event will take place rain or shine. For more information, visit the website www.cranfordelksmc.com or contact Ray at 732-316-1953 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.