14th Andiamo Annual Benefit Motorcycle Run Raises $130,000 to Benefit Englewood Hospital & Medical Center Foundation
By Mel Fabrikant Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 04:34 PM EDT
1,300 Riders From Across the U.S. Join in the Spirit of “The Ride” and Doing Good for Others
Andiamo Restaurant hosted its 14th Annual Benefit Motorcycle Run on Sunday, September 8th, raising $130,000 by bringing together 1,300 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 a local police department, and has since expanded the popular event in terms of size, focus and charity beneficiaries. This year’s Run benefited 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.
Completed in 1 ½ to 2 hours, motorcyclists traveled over the George Washington Bridge, which closes the entire upper level, and multiple parkways. Riders “owned the road” for the duration of the Run, traveling at a range of speeds pending street or parkway travel. Safety remained a priority, with meticulous attention to keep the Run free of accidents. Andiamo enlisted 50 specially trained police motorcycle escorts to travel with the riders, seamlessly closing and opening bridges, roadways and streets throughout the ride.
“The spirit of the ride was contagious this year, 1,300 riders came from as far as Wisconsin and all over the Tri-State area to be a part of the Andiamo Annual Benefit Motorcycle Run. We are so proud of our 14-year history as a 100% accident-free motorcycle fundraiser. We are now looking forward to and planning next year’s Run, an initiative that will take nearly a year to plan,” said Dickstein.
“Englewood Hospital and Medical Center remains grateful to Foundation Trustee Don Dickstein, his family and all of our good friends who, for the past 14 years, have worked tirelessly to stage this spectacular Motorcycle Run,” said Warren Geller, EHMC President and CEO. “These funds raised will benefit critical programs and services, including our state-of-the-art Cancer Center, which delivers exceptional clinical care and the highest standard of patient treatment.”
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.