Once again, the North Shore Kiwanis Club held its annual fundraiser, “The Nassau to Suffolk Bicycle Challenge.” Spearheading the effort for the past 19 years is the De Stio family: DPP Kiwanian Tom and his wife, Linda, son Tommy and daughter Catie, family members Dave and Cathy Sanford and the North Shore Kiwanis Club.
This event began because Tom and Linda wanted to give back to the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center (KPTC) for the lifesaving treatment given to their son Tommy as an infant. For the past 19 years, this event has raised more than $200,000 to support the KPTC Organization located at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park.
The ride began at Tappen Beach in Sea Cliff. On Saturday, June 28, bikers from the tri-county area took the challenge. With helmets on, water bottles filled and maps in hand, bicyclists began the ride that is touted as the “Best Ride on Long Island.” Whichever course is chosen— 25, 56 or 66 miles—the extremely well-marked ride provides beautiful scenery along the roads of Long Island’s magnificent North Shore.
Many community members helped to make this event successful. The fundraiser received food donations from North Shore Farms, Fairway Market, Sexy Popcorn LLC and Bagel Cafe, Abeetza Pizza, Tex Mex Cactus Café and Diane’s Desserts. Raffle prizes were donated by Mr. Jay Appliances.
Corporate and personal sponsorship came from: Treiber Family Foundation, NY Mets Foundation, Evan and Jennifer Mallah family, the Black family, Nestor Chopin, Road Runners, Flanzig & Flanzig, Edward Wimmer, the Gruebel family, the Brenner family, LNL Corp; donation of ice from Duffy’s Bait & Tackle; gift cards from King Kullen, Stop & Shop and Waldbaum’s.
“We extend a special thank you to Bike Works for always being on hand to assist bicyclists with repairs at Tappen Beach,” said Julia Salat of the North Shore Kiwanis Club. “Last, but not least, our gratitude goes to the North Shore Key Club for donating the 425 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches enjoyed by all riders at each of the five rest stops.”
The Nassau to Suffolk Challenge is supported by riders from the East End to New Jersey and Connecticut and as far south as Virginia.
“If you ride with us next year and ‘take the challenge,’ we promise you an exciting day while lending your support to a very worthy cause,” said Salat.