Kelly Brush ride raises $199,000 for ski safety and adaptive sports

first_imgThe fourth annual Kelly Brush Century Ride was the Kelly Brush Foundation s most successful to date both in the number of participants and the amount of donations. A total of 495 riders took part in the event held in Middlebury, Vt. on Saturday, Sept. 12, raising $199,000 for ski racing safety and adaptive sports. The number of riders was up 35 percent, while fundraising was up 47 percent over last year. This level of support from riders and our sponsors is tremendous, said Charlie Brush, Kelly Brush Foundation president. The Kelly Brush Century Ride continues to grow each year, allowing the foundation to expand efforts to improve ski racing safety and better the lives of those living with spinal cord injury.This year s ride included Team Ride-On, 13 adaptive athletes riding hand cycles lead by Patrick Standen, president of the board of the Northeast Disabled Athletic Association. The team included Sarah Will of Edwards, Colo. and Chris Waddell of Park City, Utah. Both mono skiers are the most decorated Paralympians in their disciplines. Team Ride-On raised $15,470, which means three handcycles, or similar adaptive sports gear, will be donated in the team s name to athletes with spinal cord injuries. In total 17 handcyclists participated in the event. All of us on Team Ride-On welcomed the opportunity to give others with SCI the ability to get adaptive sports equipment. Many of the members of our team purchased the hand cycles they used in the ride with help from Kelly Brush Foundation grants and we re happy to pay it forward, Standen said.The 100-mile Kelly Brush Century Ride benefits spinal cord injury prevention and awareness and funds grants for adaptive sports equipment for those with SCI. The ride also supports the foundation s grants for improving ski racing safety. For every $5,000 raised by an individual or team taking part in the Kelly Brush Century Ride the foundation donates a hand cycle or other adaptive sports equipment on behalf of the team or individual.The Kelly Brush Foundation, founded by Middlebury College graduate and ski team member Kelly Brush, raises awareness about ski racing safety, provides adaptive sports equipment for those with spinal cord injury, works to advance research on spinal cord injury, works to increase ski racing safety through grants to clubs throughout the USA and supports the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team.The Kelly Brush Century Ride was made possible thanks to the generosity of sponsors including: Audi, KeyBank, Saatchi and Saatchi and Champlain Investment Partners.About the foundation: The Kelly Brush Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving ski racing safety, enhancing the quality of life for those with spinal cord injury(SCI) through providing adaptive sports equipment, advancing scientific research on SCI and supporting the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team. Kelly Brush, together with herfamily, started the foundation in 2006 after she sustained a severe spinal cord injurywhile racing in NCAA Div. 1 competition as a member of the Middlebury College Ski Team in Vermont. The Kelly Brush Foundation affirms Kelly s ongoing commitment to live life on her own terms and better the lives of others living with SCI. is external)Source: Kelly Brush Foundation. BURLINGTON, Vt. (Sept. 17, 2009)last_img read more

NYCLU: 12 Long Island School Districts ‘Unlawfully Barring’ Immigrant Students

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A dozen Long Island school districts may be “unlawfully barring the enrollment of immigrant students,” according to a statewide survey conducted by the New York Civil Liberties Union.In all, approximately 20-percent of school districts in state have been identified by the group as putting up what it called illegal barriers to unaccompanied or undocumented students, possibly creating a chilling effect on such students and attempting to register. The advocacy group also chided the New York State Education Department for failing to enforce its own guidelines, but the agency fired back at the nonprofit advocacy group.“The New York Civil Liberties Union has never identified a single student who has been denied enrollment based on immigration status,” New York State Education Department spokesman Dennis Tompkins said in a statement. “When the Department received a report regarding Hempstead, we acted swiftly to ensure the students were enrolled. If NYCLU is aware of a case, they should inform us immediately.”The NYCLU said it conducted the survey of 139 districts across the state after allegations that Hempstead Union Free School District declined enrollment to nearly three-dozen immigrant students. The district reportedly cited already-overcrowded classrooms as its reason for turning away immigrant youth. After advocacy groups publicly condemned the district, school officials set up a so-called “transfer school” in the village for children who were initially turned away.Tompkins noted that after the NYCLU surveyed districts in 2010, the state department of education issued “comprehensive guidance” to each district in the state making them aware of the law with regard to immigrant students. The agency has not received any complaints about enrollment discrimination since, Tompkins said.The Nassau County districts identified by the NYCLU in its latest were: East Meadow Union Free School District, Great Neck Union Free School District, Island Trees Union Free School District, Plainedge Union Free School District and Valley Stream 13 Union Free School District.The Suffolk County districts identified in the report were: Amagansett Union Free School District, Amityville Union Free School District, Bay Shore Union Free School District, Deer Park Union Free School District, Eastport-South Manor Central School District, Mattituck-Cutchogue Union Free School District and Three Village Central School District.Bay Shore said in a statement that it follows state and federal regulations for students identified as unaccompanied or homeless.Valley Stream 13 “is well aware of the difficulties faced by immigrant children, particularly unaccompanied minors,” superintendent Dr. Adrienne Robb-Fund said in a statement through a spokeswoman. “We will continue our practice of following federal law regarding school admissions.”She said the district has never denied admission to children unable to produce a birth certificate or other proof of birth.The U.S. Supreme Court guaranteed undocumented children the right to a free public education in its 1982 ruling in Plyler v. DOE. The NYCLU alleged that districts break the law when they inquire about immigration status, birth certificates or proof of a child’s age.According to the NYCLU’s survey, 12 LI districts requested a birth certificate, and three require either a social security card or number. Half of the districts surveyed don’t ask for a child’s immigration status. Information for the remaining half wasn’t available, according to the group.Last week, the attorney general’s office, state education department and board of regents announced a joint compliance review regarding school district polices for unaccompanied minors and undocumented students.last_img read more

Danny Rednour – Brookville

first_imgCremation was chosen and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave personal memories please visit  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Danny Rednour Danny Rednour, of Brookville, was born on April, 8 1951 in Hamilton, Ohio a son to Pola Earl and Juliette Harris Rednour. He spent his career as a machine operator and previously worked at Deufol in Sunman.  On Friday, May 10, 2019, Danny passed away at Reid Health in Richmond. Those surviving who will cherish his memory include his fiancé, Diana Barnes, three sons, Danny Rednour Jr. of Hamilton, Kasey Rednour of Cincinnati, and Nathan Barnes of Brookville; grandchildren Brianna Vaughan, Thomas Ellis III, and Jessup Rednour; siblings, Pauline, Marjorie, Gary, Norma and Jim as well as several nieces and nephews.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Rednour.last_img read more

This is one festival which certainly won’t be ‘panned’ by critics!

first_imgWith less than four weeks to go until the 47th International Pan Celtic Festival gets underway in Letterkenny, the new 2018 Festival Programme was unveiled yesterday at a special event in An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny by Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Gerry McMonagle along with the Mayor of Letterkenny Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh.This programme sets out details on what’s on over the course of the festival which will take place from 3 – 8 April.The International Pan Celtic Festival is a unique celebration of the Celtic culture and bears witness to majestic displays of Celtic dancing, pipe band performances, choral performances and even Celtic rock and pop music in all of the Celtic languages from Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Isle of Man, Brittany and of course Ireland. There will be many highlights during the week but one of the most colourful will be the carnival street parade and busking competition that will take place in Letterkenny on Friday 6 April.Speaking at the launch Cllr McMonagle said that we in Donegal we have a rich abundance of culture in our heritage, language and our traditional music, saying “it is this which is our unique selling point when promoting Donegal around the world.“Some of our most respected traditional musicians and singers hail from Donegal, including Dinny McLaughlin, Clannad, Altan and Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh who will be helping us officially open the Festival on Tuesday 3rd April at 7.30pm in the Mount Errigal Hotel. It is therefore fitting that we can share this mix of Celtic arts with our fellow Celts from Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, Scotland and the Isle of Man.” Mayor of Letterkenny Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh is looking forward to the week long celebration which will see up to 5,000 visitors coming to Letterkenny especially for the festival.“This festival was last hosted in Letterkenny in 2007 and it was a wonderful celebration of our shared cultures and traditions and I am sure that our visitors will receive another warm and hearty welcome from the people of Letterkenny and indeed the entire county.”Máirín Nic Dhonnchadha Cathaoirleach of Comhairle Idirnáisiúnta Pan Cheilteach is delighted to be back in Leitir Ceanainn again, having enjoyed the warmth of this host-town’s welcome and hospitality in the past.She said “we look forward to renewing old friendships and, most importantly, to embracing a new generation who will continue to celebrate our shared Celtic heritage. Our greatest aspiration is to encourage networks of cooperation across our six nations to support the work of each nation in strengthening our languages, our culture and our traditional arts.”Liam Ward Director of Service with Donegal County Council acknowledged the massive role played by the local community and other stakeholders in developing this exciting programme for this event.“Donegal County Council is delighted to be leading out on this initiative but we could not have developed such a diverse and exciting programme without the buy-in of all the community. I want to acknowledge our stakeholders who have contributed to the festival and without whose help and support this would not be possible. Gabhaim míle buíochas le Líonra Leitir Ceanainn, Cumann Luthchleas Gael Naomh Adhamhnáin, an Bord Camogaíochta Dhún na nGall, Donegal Volunteer Centre, Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce, Shop LK, Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter and of course Comhaltas Leitir Ceanainn.” The Cathaoirleach concluded the launch by encouraging the people of Letterkenny and Donegal to come along and enjoy the many events and activities planned for the week. To find out more about what’s on, check out the festival programme at or pick up your free brochure at the Tourist Information Office, Council Office or library.This is one festival which certainly won’t be ‘panned’ by critics! was last modified: March 8th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:councildonegalletterkennyPan Celtic Festivallast_img read more