Ride Allegheny Sets Off to Raise Money for Veterans

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For Immediate Release                                     September 29, 2016

Contacts: Clark Wagner (301.512.5337) and Tim Sanders (949.391.0132)

Ride Allegheny celebrates $2 million in funds raised for veterans’ charity

Helping Operation Second Chance to provide emergency assistance to wounded, injured, and ill combat veterans.

PITTSBURGH, PA- On September, 29th over 100 bicyclists will begin a 4 day, 310 mile, journey from Pittsburgh, PA to Gaithersburg, MD, raising money for wounded veterans.  The group is Ride Allegheny, and their mission for the past 12 years has been to fundraise for the non-profit organization Operation Second Chance and to help our nation’s wounded heroes.  This year, however, marks a milestone for these dedicated cyclists, having brought in over $2 million dollars for the veteran service organization since 2005.

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Cindy McGrew (second from right), President and Founder of Operation Second Chance, and Clark Wagner, Founder and Chairman of Ride Allegheny (right) discuss this year’s ride on WUSA9, Great Day.

Because of Ride Allegheny’s continued support, Operation Second Chance has been able to provide emergency financial assistance to thousands of wounded veterans throughout the United States.  During a time of great strain within the Department of Veteran Affairs, it’s organizations like Operation Second Chance who bridge the gap for these brave veterans until they are able to receive their retirement benefits.  “Some of these wounded heroes are waiting up to 9 months before they receive their first retirement check,” says Cindy McGrew, President and Founder of Operation Second Chance.  “While they are waiting, unable to work because of their injuries, many veterans find themselves facing eviction or utility cut off.  That is where Operation Second Chance comes in – and we wouldn’t be able to provide for them without great partners like Ride Allegheny.

RA15_Day 04:  Cindy + Pete cross the finish line @ Smokey Glen Farms

Cindy McGrew (left), President and Founder of Operation Second Chance and Ride Allegheny’s Marketing Coordinator, Peter Hinz (right) cross the finish line in 2015 at Smokey Glen Farm in Gaithersburg, MD.

“We ride because of the [veteran’s] sacrifices,” Clark Wagner, Founder and Chairman of Ride Allegheny said.  “When we heard about this non-profit supporting veterans in our area, we knew we had to partner with them and raise money for their cause; twelve years, and $2 million later, we couldn’t be happier with all that we have accomplished together,” he continued.

On September 29, 2016 the riders will meet in Pittsburgh to start the first 69 mile leg of their journey to Ohiopyle, PA; the four day ride will eventually lead them through 23 towns and cities until they reach the finish line in Gaithersburg, MD.

 

To learn more about Ride Allegheny, you can view their website at RideAllegheny.org or contact Clark Wagner at clarkwags@gmail.com for additional information. If you are interested in learning more about the non-profit they support, or ways that you can help our nation’s wounded heroes, go to OperationSecondChance.org.

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Ride Allegheny Crosses the Finish Line with $2 Million Donated to Veterans

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For Immediate Release                                     October 2, 2016

Contacts: Clark Wagner (301.512.5337) and Tim Sanders (949.391.0132)

Ride Allegheny celebrates $2 million in funds raised for veterans’ charity

Helping Operation Second Chance to provide emergency assistance to wounded, injured, and ill combat veterans.

GAITHERSBURG, MD        – On October 2, 2016 over 100 bicyclists will cross the finish line after a 4 day, 310 mile, bicycle ride from Pittsburgh, PA to Gaithersburg, MD raising money for wounded veterans.  The group is Ride Allegheny, and their mission for the past 12 years has been to fundraise for the non-profit organization Operation Second Chance and to help our nation’s wounded heroes.  This year, however, marks a milestone for these dedicated cyclists, having brought in over $2 million dollars for the veteran service organization since 2005.

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Cindy McGrew (second from right), President and Founder of Operation Second Chance, and Clark Wagner, Founder and Chairman of Ride Allegheny (right) discuss this year’s ride on WUSA9, Great Day.

Because of Ride Allegheny’s continued support, Operation Second Chance has been able to provide emergency financial assistance to thousands of wounded veterans throughout the United States.  During a time of great strain within the Department of Veteran Affairs, it’s organizations like Operation Second Chance who bridge the gap for these brave veterans until they are able to receive their retirement benefits.  “Some of these wounded heroes are waiting up to 9 months before they receive their first retirement check,” says Cindy McGrew, President and Founder of Operation Second Chance.  “While they are waiting, unable to work because of their injuries, many veterans find themselves facing eviction or utility cut off.  That is where Operation Second Chance comes in – and we wouldn’t be able to provide for them without great partners like Ride Allegheny.

“We ride because of the [veteran’s] sacrifices,” Clark Wagner, Founder and Chairman of Ride Allegheny said.  “When we heard about this non-profit supporting veterans in our area, we knew we had to partner with them and raise money for their cause; twelve years, and $2 million later, we couldn’t be happier with all that we have accomplished together,” he continued.

RA15_Day 04:  Cindy + Pete cross the finish line @ Smokey Glen Farms
Cindy McGrew (left), President and Founder of Operation Second Chance and Ride Allegheny’s Marketing Coordinator, Peter Hinz (right) cross the finish line in 2015 at Smokey Glen Farm in Gaithersburg, MD.

On September 29, 2016 the riders will meet in Pittsburgh to start the first 69 mile leg of their journey to Ohiopyle, PA; the four day ride will eventually lead them through 23 towns and cities until they reach the finish line in Gaithersburg, MD.

To learn more about Ride Allegheny, you can view their website at RideAllegheny.org or contact Clark Wagner at clarkwags@gmail.com for additional information.   If you are interested in learning more about the non-profit they support, or ways that you can help our nation’s wounded heroes, go to OperationSecondChance.org.

 

Be The One – Giving Challenge 2016

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How can you “Be The One” to make a difference in a Veteran’s Life?

At Operation Second Chance, we meet Veteran’s with unique stories each day.  Despite the differing tales, there is always one overarching theme; though their time at war is over, a new battle has begun – a fight for their homes, their family, and their sanity.  Many of our American heroes struggle to adjust to civilian life, and find themselves living in poverty or facing homelessness.  We strive to meet all the requests of our veterans whether they need help with a mortgage or rent payment, or a weekend getaway.  However, we couldn’t help any of our heroes without the support and generosity of The Community Foundation of Sarasota, the Patterson Foundation, and you, our donors.

How does it make you feel to know you could “Be The One” to bring a smile to a veteran facing an unbelievable amount of stress.  With a donation to Operation Second Chance during this year’s Giving Challenge, you can help keep the lights on in a Veteran’s home, make sure their children always have something to eat, or even give a family a much needed retreat, like the 2015 Giving Challenge helped us do for the Roberson family.

“I have spent half [of] my daughter’s lives away from them in Afghanistan and training,” SFC Roberson wrote us.  After losing a leg in battle and spending a year at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) recovering, SFC Roberson elected to stay in the Army and reenlisted for 8 years. “I was the first amputee to graduate from the Army Air Assault School,” he went on to tell us before sharing that he deployed to Afghanistan 2 additional times.  His only request – help him get some long overdue family time with this wife, and 2 daughters who had never been to the beach; so the sunny shores of Sarasota, Florida was where they were going!

Being able to provide some much needed R&R for this veteran and his family was made possible by those of you in Sarasota who support us day in, and day out.  But they’re not the only ones who benefited from your generosity during last year’s giving challenge.  Veteran Chad D. was also able to experience beautiful Sarasota, and enjoy some relaxing deep see fishing.

“Life at the Walter Reed can get rough at times with everything we go through in our process to heal and get home to our lives and families,” Chad wrote us.  “My life was absolutely chaotic when the trip came up so it was a needed break.  The things that these guys do for us to help us get out of our own ways are IMMEASURABLE.  They took me out of here, sent me down to the beach, let me do some fishing and relax.  I met some amazing people, had a blast hanging out with everyone I met or knew, and was able to forget about recovery for a few days.”

These are two, out of hundreds of, stories showing the impact that the Community Foundation of Sarasota’s 2015 Giving Challenge has made for our Veterans.  What will you help make possible for our veterans during this year’s Giving Challenge?  How will you “Be The One?”

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