Community Members Bike for a Cause; Raise More Than $5,000 for JFS

Posted on September 29, 2014

Hopping on a bike and cruising along the scenic shoreline and beautiful landscape is a passion for so many. In early September, dozens of local community members cycled for a cause in two bike rides to benefit Jewish Family Service.

Past Presidents of Jewish Family Service, Patti Rosenberg and Doug Stanger, lead the charge with their own ways to support the agency with bike ride fundraisers. This year, the Marc L. Rosenberg (MLR) Friends and Family Bike Ride and the Battle Against Hunger Bike Ride raised more than $5,000 to benefit JFS.

The 30-mile MLR Friends and Family Bike Ride, held on September 6th, is a round-trip ride between Margate and Strathmere. This ride remembers Marc Rosenberg, a life-long resident of Margate and a business and community leader. With donations made by riders, as well as those not able to participate and a few generous sponsors, this effort raised approximately $4,800 for the Marc L. Rosenberg Memorial Fund which provides financial support where the agency has most need.

“Despite it being an unseasonably warm September day, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and we once again had great participation,” said Patti Rosenberg. “It was very nice to welcome some new riders to the MLR Friends and Family Bike Ride as well as welcoming back past riders.”

From September 5th-7th, local community members and cycling enthusiasts Doug Stanger and Rachel Ludwig participated in the 12th Annual Battle Against Hunger Bike Ride. This effort not only raised funds for the JFS Food Pantry, but also created awareness about the JFS pantry and the thousands of individuals and families served each year.

“My sincere thanks and appreciation goes to Patti and Doug for organizing and participating in these bike ride fundraisers to benefit JFS,” said Andrea Steinberg, Chief Executive Officer of Jewish Family Service. “With the local unemployment rate rising significantly, community fundraising initiatives like these are more important than ever and I look forward to seeing other community members come up with their own ways to help.”

Donations are still being accepted and can be mailed to Jewish Family Service, 607 N. Jerome Ave., Margate, NJ 08402 or made online here.