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August 2, 2010
Contact: Kathleen Mathieu, 201-939-1844 (office), 201-694-0384 (cell) or kmathieu@trwg.com

For Immediate Release

Police officers gear up in support of Andiamo Benefit Motorcycle Run

Ready to Help Others
A recent impromptu pep rally and planning session for the Andiamo Run at Englewood Hospital. Police officers who ride in the motor escort will receive one chance each to win a Harley-Davidson police bike for their department, courtesy of the Andiamo Motorcycle Charity and Bergen County Harley-Davidson.
 
Standing: Patrolman Michael P. Gracey of the Haworth Police Department, Medical Center President and CEO Doug Duchak and event co-founder Alan Dickstein. Sitting: Special Olympics gold medalist Michael Toepert, and event co-founder and Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Foundation trustee Don Dickstein.

When the 2010 Andiamo Benefit Motorcycle Run takes off from the Andiamo Restaurant in Haworth at 10:20 AM sharp on Sunday, September 12, it will be thanks to the dedicated efforts of a faithful crew of volunteers, including police officers from many towns.

Countless hours of hard work make the Andiamo Run a favorite that has attracted thousands of participants since it began in 2000. Always eagerly awaited, the annual event will raise funds for the new emergency care center at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, the NJ Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics and other local worthy causes.

The huge success of the Andiamo Run can be summed up in one word: quality. Created and directed by riders for riders, it is known for a top-notch, safe experience on roadways closed to all other traffic.

“A beautiful ride, the company of good people and the satisfaction of riding to help others are all on the agenda for the run,” said Don Dickstein, lead organizer along with son Alan. “We are particularly proud of the exceptionally safe nature of the ride, which is made possible by the dozens of police officers who ensure the safety of riders and bystanders alike,” said Don, who is also is a trustee of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Foundation.

Patrolman Michael P. Gracey of the Haworth Police Department has worked on the run since it began. Preparing for the thousands of bikes that might show up in any given year has been no small feat. Riders are in and out of town and then back again for a noontime block party. Ptl. Gracey directs road closures, notifies neighboring towns of the route and coordinates the activities of the Haworth Police Auxiliary and his fellow officers, all of whom form a detail known for working efficiently and cheerfully to keep the event safe and enjoyable.

“This is a terrific opportunity for a police officer to provide a valuable service to the community while helping raise money for good causes,” said Ptl. Gracey. The day of the run he also participates as part of the motorcycle escort and troubleshoots the unexpected.

His colleagues also have plenty to do. Of critical importance are the motorcycle officers who make up the escort of outriders. Each is a MSP (Maryland State Police) -trained officer well prepared to ride with the skill and precision required to keep the miles-long procession of bikers moving properly and as smoothly and swiftly as possible. “We’re bikers ourselves,” explained Ptl. Gracey, who is Haworth’s motorcycle officer. “We want everyone to have a good time.”

The long list of contributions by police officers also includes tasks such as planning the route, recruiting officers and working the communications network that evaluates traffic patterns and other road conditions while the Andiamo Run is in progress. Police officers even contribute to the block party by providing a crowd-pleasing demonstration of bike maneuvers.

Special Olympics gold medalist Michael Toepert of Waldwick, on hand for an impromptu pep rally and planning session for the run at Englewood Hospital in June, knows the value of teamwork and a job well done. Michael, 16, has participated in Special Olympics NJ (SONJ) since he was eight. He plays for the Bergen County Wildcats, participating in all the sports the Wildcats offer including volleyball, basketball, floor hockey, softball and bowling. The accomplished young man also gets involved by volunteering for SONJ at non-athletic awareness events and NJ Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraisers.

It’s no surprise that he’s pleased to be associated with the Andiamo Run. You might even say he comes from an Andiamo Run family. Dad Glenn, a captain and motorcycle officer with the Saddle Brook Police Department, gets involved every year and all year as organizer, record-keeper, webmaster, outrider and, when he gets a chance, as a rider with mom Barbara on the back. “It’s the only ride she does,” noted Glenn. In the years they can’t ride because he is on duty, Barbara takes photos of the event. Perhaps there’s a bit of a special bond between the Toepert family and the work of the Andiamo Run: Barbara, Michael and brother Joseph were all born at Englewood Hospital.

“We are very proud of the support Englewood Hospital receives from police officers through their superb involvement with the Andiamo Run,” said Medical Center President and CEO Doug Duchak. “It’s an honor to be joined with them as partners in caring.”

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At Quick Glance
Andiamo Benefit Motorcycle Run
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Sign-up begins at 8:30AM. Riders pay $30 and receive a limited edition Andiamo Run T-shirt. Passengers pay $15. The completely police-escorted ride will begin at Andiamo Restaurant, 23 Hardenburgh Avenue, Haworth, NJ at 10:20AM SHARP. A block party back at the starting point with live music and a full selection of delicious treats begins at 12Noon. Police officers who ride in the motor escort will receive one chance each to win a Harley-Davidson police bike for their department.
The rain date is September 19. Visit andiamorun.com, call 201-384-1551 or email info@andiamorun.com for more information.


 
About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
 
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides patients with the highest level of compassionate care through a broad range of state-of-the-art clinical programs and the most advanced treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this thriving, acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in a variety of disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.  Englewood Hospital is home to a Vascular Fellowship Program that has trained a generation of world-class vascular surgeons.  Additionally, many members of the medical staff at Englewood Hospital serve as faculty members at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the six percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned twice by its nursing staff.