HackensackUMC Foundation Holds 16th Annual Charity Run and Motorcycle Raffle
October 6, 2016 04:44 PM
This year’s charity run included a visit to the 9/11 Memorial in downtown Manhattan, where a wreath was placed to honor the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
(FORT LEE, NJ) On September 10, under beautiful, sunny skies, hundreds of bikers lined up at Ross Dock in Fort Lee, NJ to take part in the annual Charity Run and Motorcycle Raffle, sponsored by Joseph M. Sanzari of Joseph M. Sanzari, Inc. This year’s event set a fundraising record of more than $725,000, the highest grossing event in its 16 year history, bringing the overall total raised to more than $5,500,000.
“I congratulate the HackensackUMC Foundation and our good friend, Joe Sanzari for hosting another successful event,” said Robert C. Garrett, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “The Charity Run and Motorcycle Raffle gives HackensackUMC friends and supporters a chance to come together to not only enjoy a beautiful day, but also to make a meaningful difference. The charity run has become one of the ‘must-do’ events of the year and I am so proud of the HackensackUMC Foundation team members who worked hard to pull this event together.”
Escorted by police from various towns, the bikers rode from Ross Dock, across the George Washington Bridge into New York City. Officers with the NYPD motorcycle unit then escorted the group down the West Side Highwayto the 9/11 Memorial, where a wreath was placed to honor the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
“This event brings the community together to support a great cause and every year it gets even better,” said Joseph M. Sanzari, chairman, HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley Board of Trustees, and for which the charity run and motorcycle raffle is named. “This year, the charity run was held the day before the anniversary of the terrorist attacks. It was a very moving experience visiting the 9/11 Memorial and the ride to and from this site made this year’s charity run even more meaningful and unforgettable.”
The day started off at Ross Dock with a special VIP event, “Breakfast with Joe.” Bikers and friends enjoyed a full breakfast menu and a chance to say thank you to Joe in person. After the motorcycle run, the “Party under the Bridge” at Ross Dock began, which included family-friendly games and plenty of food and live entertainment.
One of the highlights at the celebration included Mr. Sanzari’s young grandson, Luke Murray, pulling the winning ticket for the 2016 Harley-Davidson FLTRXS Road Glide Special “Hard Candy Custom Gold Flake.” The motorcycle was donated by Joseph M. Sanzari with a retail value of $26,999. The lucky winner was Lou Weber of Newton, NJ. The proceeds of this year’s charity run will benefit the Center for Behavioral Health and Medicine at HackensackUMC, a member of Hackensack Meridian Health.
Photo: This year’s charity run included a visit to the 9/11 Memorial in downtown Manhattan, where a wreath was placed to honor the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. From left to right: Mark D. Sparta, FACHE, executive vice president and chief operating officer of HackensackUMC, and executive vice president of Population Health Clinical Operations, Hackensack Meridian Health; Joseph Simunovich, co-chair, Hackensack Meridian Health Board of Trustees; Rosemarie J. Sorce, vice chairwoman, HackensackUMC Board of Governors; Joseph M. Sanzari, chairman, HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley Board of Trustees; and Robert C. Garrett, co-CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health.