Fundraising for the Virtual Ride & Stride for Autism Cruises Past $50,000 Goal

June 25, 2020

Plans for the 20th Anniversary Ride & Stride for Autism may have changed, but the message of community acceptance for families with autism remained. 

The two-week virtual event, starting on June 6, drew nearly 250 participants committing to ride, run, or walk a combined 6,919 miles in an effort to raise community acceptance of autism and critical funds to support Autism New Jersey’s mission. To date, the event has raised more than $56,000 and continues to bring in donations that directly impact individuals with autism and their families across the state.

Lasting Support

This year’s event received support and participation from across the nation. Friends from as far as California were a part of this special anniversary milestone and donations came in from Hong Kong and the UK.

Our top fundraisers are Frank Trupia of Team Jane who raised $6,257 and Collin Siddons of Collin’s Riders who collected $4,556!

During social distancing, going virtual was necessary. We thank our dedicated sponsors and committee members for their continued support as we changed course and turned to technology to find community. Your ideas, determination, and resilience as the event evolved is appreciated beyond measure.

Even our event’s loyal volunteers found creative new ways to support participants. For more than a decade, Anthony “Ant-Man” Charette, his mom, Debbie, our Information Services Coordinator, with their entire family have greeted our century riders at our Bordentown rest stop with refreshments, high-fives, and encouragement. Social distancing was not going to keep them from rallying our dedicated supporters, as Anthony and mom cheered participants on with his trademark jokes via a video message.

Keeping the Momentum

Like many other nonprofits, Autism New Jersey has been greatly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Events have been either cancelled or re-imagined on a smaller scale. Our 13 staff members have been working hard to assist families and professionals while they navigate through these uncertain times.

During this time, we’re proud to say that not one call to our Helpline has gone unanswered. We have remained focused on our mission to be a resource for the autism community, and we will continue to do so as we begin to move through the stages of reopening.

We can’t do this alone. The funds raised from the Ride & Stride for Autism will continue to help sustain our important work. Please consider making a donation.

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