Dire Need to Replace Van Destroyed in Crash
Rally on June 11th
Senior citizens from the Bay Ridge Center are rallying to raise money for a new transport van. They are kicking-off an Emergency Van Campaign on Monday, June 11th at 11:00AM, with an appeal to area residents, businesses and elected officials for help. The event will take place outside the Center on 4th & Ovington Avenues, Brooklyn.
On March 27th a stolen car crashed into the Center’s van overturning and destroying it. The incident, widely covered by local and City-wide media, left the Center in a bind trying to transport its members to and from the Center. It is estimated that a new van will cost more than $60,000.
“This was a tragedy in so many ways,” stated Marianne Nicolosi, Executive Director of the Bay Ridge Center. “Not only were there injuries to those on board, but it continues to impact seniors who have no other way of getting here to see their friends and enjoy the activities at the Center.”
The 12-passenger van was used to bring older residents of Bay Ridge to the Center for a day-long program of activities, classes, discussion groups and lunch. It is hoped that the money can be raised as quickly as possible, as the Center is growing in membership and is in even more need now than before the crash.
About the Bay Ridge Center:
The Bay Ridge Center is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian organization founded by Bethlehem Lutheran Church in 1976 and funded by the New York City Department for the Aging and other public and private sources. It provides weekday meals, educational programs, entertainment, lessons, activities, and trips for seniors. The Center also operates Meals-On-Wheels, an emergency food pantry, brown bag lunch program and other programs for the community.
718-748-0650 - www.bayridgecenter.org