May Institute Raised $180K from 2011 Rodman Ride for Kids
March 30, 2012 Randolph-based May Institute, which provides educational, rehabilitation, and behavioral healthcare services for children and adults, announced that it raised more than $180,000 through its participation in the 2011 Rodman Ride for Kids.
One hundred percent of these funds will directly benefit thousands of children in Massachusetts who receive services from May Institute, said Heidi Howard, chief of business development at May Institute
. We are extremely grateful to the Rodman Ride and all of our supporters for helping us make a difference in the lives of the children we serve.
The Rodman Ride for Kids
, based in Foxboro, is an umbrella matching gift charity that raises funds for a wide variety of childrens social service agencies across Massachusetts.
This was the Institutes fifth year of participation in the Rodman Ride, during which time the amount raised each year has risen. In 2007, the Institute raised $100,000 through the annual ride, which consists of 25-, 50-, or 100-mile non-competitive cycling tours.
The most recent event brought the five-year total raised by the Institute from the event to nearly $800,000. The Institute also received a 10% matching gift from Don Rodman.
During the 2011 Ride, 45 riders from 16 May Institute teams pedaled a combined total of 1,900 miles to raise funds for its childrens programs in Massachusetts.
To help support the effort, May staff members from a variety of programs formed teams that conducted letter-writing campaigns to friends, neighbors, and families. They also held fundraising events such as car washes, bingo nights, arts and crafts events, and carnivals at several to engage the community and showcase the talents of students.
Funds raised through the Rodman Ride will fund a variety of programs, events, and new materials, including:
- State-of-the-art assessment technology and materials to support the Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic in Randolph.
- iPads and iPods, software, and supplies to reinforce fine motor skill development in Woburn.
- Updated playground activities and educational materials to enhance outdoor and classroom activities in West Springfield.
- Outdoor adventure programs and music therapy for May Institutes school for students with brain injury in Brockton.
- Therapeutic games and materials for clinicians to use with children during therapy sessions at mental health clinics in Fall River and New Bedford.