Andiamo Restaurant Hosts 14th Annual Benefit Motorcycle Run - Benefit Englewood Hospital & Medical Center Foundation
By Mel Fabrikant Thursday, August 22, 2013, 04:43 PM EDT
1,200 Riders From Across the U.S. Join in the Spirit of “The Ride” and Doing Good for Others
Andiamo Restaurant will host its 14th Annual Benefit Motorcycle Run on Sunday, September 8th, bringing together 1,200 riders and thousands of participants in one of the largest fundraisers on wheels in the Garden State. Don Dickstein, owner of Andiamo Restaurant www.andiamorestaurant.net, developed the motorcycle run fundraiser in 2000 to raise funds for the Cresskill police department, and has since expanded the popular event in terms of size, focus and charity beneficiaries. This year’s run will benefit Englewood Hospital and Medical Center’s new Cancer Treatment & Wellness Center, Haworth Ambulance Corp, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Special Olympics, Andiamo Scholarship to St. Therese School and other local charities. The rain date for the Run is Sunday, September 15th.
Consisting of a stunning 70-mile course led by a specially trained 50-man motorcycle police brigade, the three-hour ride raised over $100,000 in 2012 for Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Foundation, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, New Jersey Special Olympics, Haworth Ambulance Corps and other organizations. The Run has turned into a motorcycle melting pot, attracting riders from all over New Jersey and from as far as Wisconsin.
Completed in 1 ½ to 2 hours, motorcyclists travel over George Washington Bridge, which closes the entire upper level, and multiple parkways. Riders “own the road” for the duration of the Run, traveling at a range of speeds pending street or parkway travel. Safety is a priority, with meticulous attention to keep the Run free of accidents. Andiamo enlists 50 specially trained police motorcycle escorts to travel with the riders, seamlessly closing and opening bridges, roadways and streets throughout the ride.
“The Andiamo Annual Benefit Motorcycle Run is the only fundraiser that levels the playing field for participants, bringing together millionaire CEOs who ride custom bikes costing hundreds of thousands of dollars alongside 20-year olds riding their first Yamaha,” said Dickstein. “The spirit of the ride is contagious and each year, riders come from distances further and further from New Jersey, traveling thousands of miles just to be a part of the Andiamo Annual Benefit Motorcycle Run, which is a legendary annual journey to do good for the community while having fun with others who love to ride. It takes nine months to pull this event together and a team of six people working day and night to ensure safety, manage logistics, coordinate with law enforcement and sift through dozens of charity applications to determine our annual beneficiaries.”
“Englewood Hospital and Medical Center remains grateful to Foundation Trustee Don Dickstein, his family and all of our good friends who, for the past 13 years, have worked tirelessly to stage this spectacular Motorcycle Run,” said Warren Geller, EHMC President and CEO. “Funds raised have benefited critical programs and services, including our state-of-the-art Emergency Care Center, which delivers exceptional clinical care and the highest patient safety to countless families in our community.”
“The logistics involved in organizing the Andiamo Annual Benefit Motorcycle Run and keeping it free of accidents are immense,” said Glenn Toepert, retired Saddle Brook police department chief and 10-year Run volunteer. “We enlist 30-50 New Jersey police precincts to area to provide escort and safety management. From parking 1,200 motorcycles before the Run begins, to having them depart within a 15 minute window, to re-parking them once the Run is completed in the space of 20 minutes is quite a feat. The police involved in the Run are the best, eight of whom are master training instructors in the area of motorcycle riding for law enforcement. This elite corps provides the rodeo exhibition after the Run at Andiamo and the same officers who train fellow police officers in motorcycle work. The Rodeo exhibition allows people to see them do something amazing things while riding, from standing on their seats to riding backwards.”
Riders pay $30 to participate in the Run and passengers pay $15. Following the motorcycle ride, Andiamo hosts a large celebration and block party which attracts upwards of 3,000 attendees. Block party participants who did not travel the course or volunteer pay $10 for unlimited food and entertainment. The Run and after-party take place at Andiamo, located at 23 Hardenburgh Road in Haworth, New Jersey.
About Andiamo Restaurant
Andiamo Restaurant, located at 23 Hardenburgh Avenue in Haworth, NJ, is a casual, family-style Italian restaurant and bar. Owner Don Dickstein has long been hailed as one of Bergen County’s warmest restaurant hosts. With wife Linda at the helm in the kitchen and son Alan serving as general manager, this family-run establishment is equally celebrated for its food, charm, service and warm ambience. The restaurant is open seven days a week, Monday to Thursday 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Friday to Saturday 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm, and Sunday 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm, and Tuesday to Friday for lunch from 11:45 am to 2:30 pm. For more information on Andiamo Restaurant, visit www.andiamorestaurant.net/ or call 201-384-1551.
A Brief History of the Andiamo Annual Benefit Motorcycle Run
The Andiamo Annual Benefit Motorcycle Run, established in 2000 by Don Dickstein, motorcycle enthusiast and owner of Andiamo Restaurant in Haworth, NJ, is one of New Jersey’s largest motorcycle fundraising initiatives. Designed to bring together motorcyclists in the spirit of giving back and the joy of riding, the Andiamo Annual Benefit Motorcycle Run has raised nearly $1 million since its inception for multiple New Jersey families and non-profit organizations in need. The 2013 Andiamo Annual Benefit Run will take place Sunday, September 8th and attract 1,200 riders from as far as Wisconsin. Led by a specially trained elite corps of 50 police officers on motorcycles who seamlessly close and open roads and bridges throughout the Run at high speeds and with split-second timing and precision, the Run provides a thrilling three-hour tour of Bergen and Rockland Counties' countryside and parkways. At the completion of the Run, the riders are joined by 3,500 supporters for an all-you-can-eat lunch at Andiamo and an exciting police motorcycle rodeo exhibition. The Andiamo Annual Benefit Motorcycle Run is a 501 (c) (3) organization. www.andiamorun.com
2013 Andiamo Annual Benefit Motorcycle Run Timeframe
8:15AM-10:00 – Check-in
10:20AM SHARP – Start of Run
12:00 Noon – 3:00PM Post-Run Party at Andiamo (Live Music, Unlimited food, Entertainment, Police Motorcycle Rodeo Show)
For more information on the Andiamo Annual Benefit Motorcycle Run, visit http://www.andiamorun.com/.