Joelle Stonitsch will join Kyle Stonitsch, Kris Stonitsch, Ralph Todd, Krystal Burns and Ray Thatcher in the third annual New York City Bike-New York TD 5-Boro Bike Tour Sunday, May 5. The ride raises money for YES!Solutions, a grass-roots neighbor-to-neighbor service organization based in New York City.
A group of Ticonderoga cyclist will take part in a charity ride in New York City next weekend.
Kyle Stonitsch, Joelle Stonitsch, Kris Stonitsch, Ralph Todd, Krystal Burns and Ray Thatcher will take part in the third annual New York City Bike-New York TD 5-Boro Bike Tour Sunday, May 5.
The ride raises money for YES!Solutions, a grass-roots neighbor-to-neighbor service organization based in New York City.
“The YES! team of 17 riders will raise funds to support summer internships for teens who already are outperforming their own expectations of just a few years ago, achieving academic and personal successes in private prep schools and group homes in New York City,” said Mary Lanning, YES! founder. “Our summer internship program adds to their education a mentored introduction to real career possibilities that will shape their choices of colleges, of majors, and their lifetime earnings capability. Our kids are the first in their families, often in their neighborhoods, to have these choices.”
This will be the eighth YES! ride for Joelle Stonitsch.
“At age 15, Joelle Stonitsch rode her bike 100 miles from Lake Champlain (Ticonderoga) in the Adirondack Mountains to the state capitol in Albany in upstate New York to challenge her family and friends to support YES!Solutions kids,” Lanning said. “She has led the Tour de Joelle Anything-On-Wheels annual bike tour every year since.”
The Ti riders are seeking financial support. Tax deductible donations can be made out to YES! Solutions and sent to Kris Stonitsch at 16 Baldwin Road, Ticonderoga 12883.
“You can send donations for any team member to my address and indicate if you want/need a tax receipt and I will send one to you ASAP, just remember to include your name and address please,” Kris Stonitsch said. “And donations will be accepted even after the bike tour is over, so even if you can’t get it to me by the (May) 5th don’t worry, you can still participate.”
Lanning said her charity is grateful for the support received from Ticonderoga, especially the efforts of Joelle Stonitsch.
“Now a volunteer firefighter and licensed emergency medical technician, Joelle puts her life into other people’s most fearful times every day,” Lanning said. “She personifies hope and possibility.”
Hope and possibility are keys to the YES! program, Lanning noted.
“The children in the YES! family are pre-teen and early teen boys and girls who have aptitudes that are thwarted by the circumstances in which they have been living,” she said. “Most of these kids are the first in their families to break the cycle of poverty and stagnation. Most come from gang-influenced public schools and neighborhoods. Most live with a single parent or grandparent who might be seriously ill, addicted or dying. Many live in abusive homes.”
“When other people’s choices and mistakes, or family misfortunes, choke the future out of a child’s life, kids show amazing resilience if given the right second chance,” Lanning said. “YES!Solutions helps children and families get past their shattered beginnings. We bring possibility back, and hope. Our teens learn that they can surpass, if not change, the brokenness in their families and neighborhoods.”