Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Bank of America is Closer to Free Ride’s presenting sponsor
NEW HAVEN - Bank of America has signed on as the Closer to Free Ride’s first-ever presenting sponsor, officials from Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven announced in a release.
“The Ride has become a marquis fundraising event for Smilow, and serves as an annual rallying point for cancer survivors and their support teams,” Bill Tommins, Southern Connecticut market president, Bank of America said, also in the release. “Our involvement will help amplify the Ride’s reach, bringing even more attention to an anchor institution in our community.”
The Closer to Free Ride is scheduled for Sept. 6, with routes of 25, 62.5 and 100 miles, the release said.
"The Ride has been called the 'best organized ride in Connecticut' and is the signature fundraising event for Smilow Cancer Hospital," the release said. "Last year, more than 1,000 participants helped raise over $1.2 million to support patient programs and research at Smilow. 100% of the dollars raised by Riders and Volunteers are directed back to Smilow."
“We are very pleased with the commitment and reception we have received from Bank of America,” Kevin J. Walsh, vice president of development at Yale-New Haven Hospital said in the release. “On behalf of the Development office and senior administration at Yale-New Haven Hospital, I would like to extend my gratitude to Bank of America for their generous support. Not only does every dollar help support a very important cause, but it also helps bring us closer to a world free of cancer.”
Also in the release:
"Cancer survivors, patients, family, friends, experienced athletes and riders of all skill levels and abilities are encouraged to ride. Each cyclist must pay a $100 registration fee, and raise a minimum of $400 to ride. For anyone interested in Riding or Volunteering, visit www.rideclosertofree.org or contact email@example.com."
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