Race2Rebuild Partners with City of Long Beach, Optimum Community, Bob’s Discount Furniture for Long Beach Event
Athletes and Volunteers to Help Move Hurricane Sandy Recovery Forward for Long Beach, NY. Saturday, April 30th at 8AM.
- Fundraise for R2R Team Long Beach on More Than Sport here:https://www.morethansport.org/
- Sign up to rebuild or as a race volunteer on April 30 here:
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- Register to race April 30 here:
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NEW YORK, NY (April 26, 2016) – Nearly three and a half years after Hurricane Sandy devastated the homes and lives of New York and New Jersey residents, Race2Rebuild today announced its next Race2Rebuild event to be held on April 30, 2016 in Long Beach, NY with Optimum Community and Bob’s Discount Furniture as presenting sponsors, in partnership with the City of Long Beach, Rebuilding Together Long Island, UMCOR, BeachFit Long Island and 1156Run.
Participants may race a 5K run/walk on the Boardwalk, or a two-mile “hardcore” beach run with obstacles powered by BeachFit Long Island at 7:30AM. Following a Community Breakfast with guest speakers, participants will have the opportunity to volunteer in community-wide service projects and attend an after-party at Shine’s Bar, a local establishment that provided food and shelter to Long Beach residents in the days and weeks immediately following the storm. The centerpiece of the day’s projects will be the rebuilding of three homes for three Long Beach families with nonprofit rebuilding organizations Rebuilding Together Long Island and UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief).
“We’re proud to return to Long Beach for our next Race2Rebuild event and honored to help the community move its Hurricane Sandy recovery forward with the support of Optimum Community and Bob’s Discount Furniture in partnership with the City of Long Beach, Rebuilding Together Long Island, UMCOR, BeachFit Long Island, 1156Run and many local and national partners,” said Sarah Hartmann, President of Race2Rebuild. “There are literally thousands of families in the New York and New Jersey area still struggling to come home. Our athletes have raced hard to help raise funds and awareness for communities recovering from disaster. To meet the families we support and help rebuild their homes is a truly inspiring moment and reinforces our commitment to every family affected by Hurricane Sandy.”
“Optimum Community is pleased to partner with the City of Long Beach by sponsoring Race2Rebuild’s event again this year,” said Optimum Vice President of Public Affairs Jen Ostrager. “It is close to three and a half years since Hurricane Sandy struck, yet many families are not yet back in their homes. As part of our commitment to community outreach, Optimum Community is proud to play an active role in helping these Long Beach families rebuild their homes and their lives and it’s a true testament to Cablevision’s commitment that we have more than 50 employees volunteering with us on April 30th.”
Local residents are invited join the participants and attend the post-race Community Breakfast at 8:30AM at the Long Beach Catholic Regional School Yard at 735 West Broadway in Long Beach. Race2Rebuild pro athlete ambassadors, elected officials and other representatives will address the attendees before the volunteer work commences. In addition to Sandy rebuilding, the community service projects will include dune and canal cleanup with event partner Surfrider Foundation-Central Long Island and the installation of a wheelchair ramp at St. Ignatius Martyr Church with event partner C.U.R.B. (Citizens United to Remove Barriers).
“The Race2Rebuild Long Beach event on April 30th is a great way for citizens of the community to help their fellow residents,” said City Councilman Scott J. Mandel. “Along with the support of our partners in this event, participants can make a tangible difference in the lives of those still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, helping them move forward in their recovery.”
A community’s recovery process following a disaster can take years. By participating in a Race2Rebuild event, athletes and volunteers can turn their energy into change by helping to raise funds which will provide critical renovations to a home impacted by natural disaster and bring a family home.
“We are honored to continue our relationship and partner with Race2Rebuild for the second year in row,” said Cathy Poulin, director of outreach at Bob’s Discount Furniture. “Community outreach has always been a core value of ours and we are thrilled to be a part of such an amazing event helping the families of Long Beach who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.”
For more information and to register for Race2Rebuild Long Beach as an athlete, volunteer and/or fundraiser, please visit www.race2rebuild.org/2016-events.
Race2Rebuild creates tangible change to our communities following natural disasters by supporting and participating in rebuilding projects and bringing families home. Founded in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Race2Rebuild’s national team of volunteer athletes raise critical private funds and provide hands-on home building to support projects across the country. Race2Rebuild serves as an important frontline advocate to its national rebuilding partners and an essential link to the families whose homes it helps to rebuild. We believe in safe, strong, healthy communities for all. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and visit us at www.race2rebuild.org. Race hard. Race with resolve. Race2Rebuild.
About Optimum Community
Optimum Community, a Cablevision initiative formerly known as Power to Learn, connects schools and communities in the company’s footprint with a broad range of services. Cablevision offers thousands of schools and libraries across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut with free access to its popular Optimum-branded cable TV and Internet. Hands-on, educational programs presented by Optimum Community include Internet Smarts, Knicks Summer Reading, Student Lens, and Charity Champions. Optimum Community also keeps Optimum subscribers informed about important events and issues through expanded local programming, including Neighborhood Journal and its signature public affairs show, Meet the Leaders. Additional information and content is available at: www.optimum.net/community.
About Bob’s Discount Furniture
Bob’s Discount Furniture provides a wide variety of quality furnishings – including living room furniture, bedroom furniture, dining room furniture, office furniture and home accents – at everyday low prices. The stores also offer a unique and enjoyable shopping experience featuring cafes in each store with free gourmet coffee, ice cream, cookies and candy. Since 1991, Bob’s has built strong customer loyalty by offering the highest-value home furnishings at the lowest possible prices. With 69 furniture stores located throughout New England, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Illinois, the Manchester, Conn.-based company has become the 14th-largest U.S. furniture chain and proudly holds an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Bob’s is committed to supporting communities where its stores are located through a variety of charitable giving efforts. Bob’s Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation has anchored the company’s philanthropic work for more than 15 years. In addition, the Bob’s Outreach program was created as a separate entity to help schools and children-related charities. The company donates more than $2.5 million to charities through these programs each year. For more information on Bob’s charitable programs, visit http://www.bobscares.org/, and follow us on Twitter @MyBobs and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MyBobs.