To Raise Funds For
By Bob Nesoff
PARAMUS, NJ—A major motorcycle rally, Responders Run, is slated for August 11 with the goal of raising funds to help First Responders killed or seriously wounded in the line of duty. The First Responders will include police, fire fighters, EMTs, Wounded Warrior Project and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
The event will be held at the Paramus VFW Hall, 6 East Winslow Place. Motorcycle Riders are expected from New Jersey, New York City and much of the surrounding area. Past experience promises in excess of 200 motorcycles, many with passengers.
Funds are raised from participation fees paid by the riders, passengers and walk-ins following the run. There will be entertainment, food and vendors with admission included in the participation or walk-in fee.
Major sponsors for the run include the New York Giants Football Team, J. Fletcher Creamer & Son Contractors and the Bergen County Police Chiefs Association among many others.
“We could not have organized this event without the amazing cooperation of Mayor Richard LaBarbiera and the members of the Paramus Council, Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg and the members of the Police Motor Officers Training Association (POMOTA) who have offered to fully escort the riders on the entire run. The participation of the Police Motorcycle Officers ensures the safety of the participants and drivers on the road,” commented Bob Nesoff, Responders Run president.
Peter Rebsch, Responders Run Vice President, noted that the organization is incorporated in New Jersey as a Non-Profit and has been designated a tax exempt 501(c)3 corporation.
“There are no paid officers or worker,” Rebsch said. “Everyone participating is a volunteer. All of the funds collected will go to the mission.
Rebsch, who is also Post Commander of the American Legion, thanked the Veterans of Foreign Wars for permitting the event to take place on its property.
Nesoff noted that while there are a number of motorcycle rallies that raise funds for charities, Responders Run is the only one to dedicate all of its efforts to the named entities.
Registration for the run will be from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30. Participants will be able to enjoy coffee, donuts and rolls. Opening ceremonies will be from 9:30 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. The Run will start at 10 a.m. sharp and head on a scenic route through North jersey before returning to the starting point for food and entertainment.
Participation costs will be $30 per rider, $15 per passenger and $10 per walk-in. All paid participants will be given wrist bands that will entitle them to food and soft drinks. For more information contact RespondersRun@aol.com.
Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera (third from left) goes over program for the Responders Run itinerary with the run’s president, Bob Nesoff (third from right). LaBarbiera invited Responders Run to make Paramus its home. The motorcycle rally, slated for Aug. 11 from the Paramus VFW Post at 6 East Winslow Place, will raise money to assist police, fire, EMTs, Wounded Warrior Project and Special Operations Warrior Foundation responders who are killed or seriously wounded in the line of duty. With Mayor LaBarbiera are: (l-r) Dave Hurwitz, Responders Run treasurer; Peter Rebsch, Responders Run vice president; Mayor laBarbiera, Nesoff; Milton Kohlmann, Paramus EMT Squad chief; and Kenneth Ehrenberg, Paramus Police Chief.