The annual ARISE & Ride for Ramps event was bigger and better than ever! More than 80 motorcycles took a beautiful ride, runners put on their sneakers and ran a 5K that began with a lap around the Oswego Speedway, and kids and their parents rode their bicycles around the Speedway – all to make it possible for neighbors to receive the ramp and/or home modification needed so they can remain at home in their community.
G & C Foods was this year’s Presenting Sponsor with a contribution of $20,000. Pathfinder Bank was a Silver Sponsor. Other financial contributors included Raby’s, Compass Credit Union, Wayne’s Drugs, and K-9 Grooming. Fastenal is donating all of the hardware for every ramp this year. So many others joined in making the event possible. We want to express our thanks to Lighthouse Lanes, Oswego Speedway, Bosco & Geers Market, Zink Shirts, Ontario Orchards, Oswego YMCA and Good Times. We also want to thank the amazing business community. More than 45 businesses came forward to make sure we had a successful event.
Through our caring community, ARISE partners with churches and other volunteers to build ramps and provide home modifications so that people with disabilities can stay home rather than enter a nursing home. Sometimes, people cannot return home from the hospital or rehab center if a ramp isn’t installed. And we are proud to partner with Hospice to provide aluminum ramps for folks who want to spend their last days at home with family.
We are grateful for our sponsors, for the folks who came out to take part in the event, and for the generosity of folks throughout the region who know that making it possible for someone to remain in their own home is a priceless gift.
You don’t have to be a skilled carpenter to volunteer to build a ramp, and it’s a great team activity for a company or civic group. If you are interested in rolling up your sleeves to help build a ramp this summer or fall, please contact Jim Karasek at 342-4088 x206. You can change someone’s life in one day.