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The Times
  • Kick-off meeting for Ride For Missing Children scheduled for Monday

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  • WASHINGTON MILLS — The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children New York and Mohawk Valley Office will host its kick-off meeting for the 18th annual Ride For Missing Children on Monday, Jan. 13.
    Ride day is Friday, May 16, and to get ready for the 90-plus mile bicycle ride, preparations and training happen year round.
    To kick-off the official 2014 season the first rider and volunteer meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at Valentino’s Banquet Hall on Oneida Street in Washington Mills on Jan. 13. All riders, volunteers, corporate benefactors and persons involved in the ride, their families and anyone interested in the work of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are welcome to attend.
    The doors will open at 6 p.m. for networking, submitting donations, jersey sizing and gathering ride materials. At 6:15 p.m., a first-year rider meeting will take place to orient new riders to the cause. The 7 p.m. meeting will cover information regarding the Ride for Missing Children including this year’s route and schools stops, and a presentation by Lou Bivona, chairman of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children New York Advisory Board and founder of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children New York regional office. Bivona will speak about the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s establishment 30 years ago and announce plans to recognize the 30 year anniversary of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children New York. He will also introduce a new PSA from John Walsh especially recorded for The Ride for Missing Children Central New York.
    The purpose of the Ride For Missing Children Central New York is to raise awareness and funds to support the mission of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children New York and Mohawk Valley Office, including targeted poster distribution and community education on prevention of child exploitation and abduction.
    For more information, contact Wendy Fical at 732-7233 or wfical@ncmec.org.
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