The Bayside-Whitestone Lions Club helped Jason Yi, a Bayside resident, raise enough funds to ride in the TD Five Boro Bike Tour coproduced by Bike New York and the New York City Department of Transportation. Yi, 26, had been training to cycle the 40-mile ride with more than 32,000 other cyclists, but due to its popularity, registration was filled to capacity almost instantly. However hope was not lost for the passionate cyclist.
“After registration closed, I thought my dream was crushed, but it opened up a new opportunity to ride with a charity—for a really worthwhile cause,” said Yi. Yi chose the Marty Lyons Foundation, a not-for-profit organization created to fulfill special wishes of children, ages three to 17, who have been diagnosed with a terminal or life-threatening illness.
Thanks to the generosity of club members and Quontic Bank, the Bayside-Whitestone Lions were able to help Yi exceed the required $750 entry fee. The Marty Lyons Foundation, as well as many other charity partners in the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, were able to guarantee entry in exchange for a promise to raise the required funds for the Foundation.
Lions President Donald Frain was thrilled to support the cause. “Supporting the dreams of young people that are trying to make a difference in the world is priority number one for us.” The tour took place on May 5 throughout the five boroughs of New York City on car-free roads, thanks to the cooperation of city agencies and officials. “This is exactly why our organization was started, to support each other and our community,” said Lion Paul Vallone, immediate past president.
Next up for the Bayside-Whitestone Lions Club is their second annual Scholarship Dinner at Verdi’s, located at 149-58 Cross Island Parkway in Whitestone, on Thursday, May 9, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend as they honor this year’s outstanding local high school senior scholarship winners. For more information call 718-428- 7285.