Farmington, CT – Twelve athletes from Special Olympics New York have been selected to attend the multimillion-dollar Dream Ride fundraiser. The Dream Ride Experience is the flagship fundraising event for The Hometown Foundation, Inc., which supports individuals with intellectual disabilities in conjunction with Bozzuto’s, Inc.
This exciting weekend features numerous activities and attractions, including live entertainment, chili cook-offs, athletic exhibitions, and more. Last year, the Dream Ride Experience raised its largest sum yet: $2 million.
The event begins Friday, August 23rd with a welcome for all attendees. Saturday’s activities feature rides in vintage cars and a red carpet entrance. The Dream Ride itself, a motorcycle tour through Farmington, happens Sunday.
“Dream Ride weekend is a one-of-a-kind experience for our athletes and a fantastic celebration of inclusion and community,” said Stacey Hengsterman, president and CEO of Special Olympics New York. “We are so grateful to the Hometown Foundation, Bozzuto’s, and Special Olympics Connecticut for the opportunity to be a part of this exciting event.”
“I am thrilled to attend the Dream Ride,” said Will Smith, one of the 12 athlete invitees. “It has been a tremendous experience to make new friends, not just from this country, but from around the world as well. It was an honor to attend the 2019 Dream Ride in Australia in April and I cannot wait to be a part of the 2019 Dream Ride in Connecticut.”
The following athletes will attend the Dream Ride:
– Ed Lawless – Colonie, NY
– Anthony Lawless – Colonie, NY
– Will Smith – Granite Springs, NY
– Kyle Kirshner – White Plains, NY
– Alyse Mackey – Somers, NY
– Christina Gagliardo – Poughquag, NY
– Tom Moran – Hopewell Jct., NY
– Tyrone Hawkins – Ossining, NY
– Tim Angi – Yorktown, NY
– Chris Santacroce – White Plains, NY
– Austin Kulp – Yonkers, NY
– Kevin Brown – Albany, NY
About Special Olympics New York
Special Olympics New York is the largest state chapter in the country, serving more than 67,000 athletes across New York with year-round sports training, athletic competition, and health screenings. The organization also partners with more than 150 schools statewide to offer Unified Sports. All Special Olympics New York programs are offered at no cost to athletes, their families or caregivers. Learn more at specialolympicsNY.org and #SpecialOlympicsNY.