Wednesday, June 27, 2007

High Rollers of a Different Breed

The best kinds of chambers of commerce help their members and by doing so help their communities. Every once in a while a member goes above and beyond the call of duty and makes a difference in our community. Today we have just such an occasion. Please read on as we applaud a member as they blade to make a difference.

Neil Tatar and Adirondack Ad Specialities are on a roll, a 2,000 mile role.

After 10 months of planning, our team of Rolling For Autism skaters left our house in Queensbury, New York at 5:30 Monday morning, heading to Amelia Island, Florida to start a 2,000 mile rollerblading adventure. Their journey northward begins Thursday, and the target date to cross the finish line is August 19, in Kittery , Maine -- 54 days of rolling an average of 40 miles per day!

The past few days were quite busy, with the some of the final details still coming together, along with a nice send off from the Center For Disabilities in Albany , NY, and four television appearances. We have been quite fortunate to receive excellent media support, and are finding a steady increase in public awareness for our event as well as a surge of incoming donations. With a goal of $500,000, every dollar counts!

Throughout our journey, four recent Union College graduates will be leading the way. They are Dan Tatar (my son), Sean Streich of Kimberley, British Columbia, Carson Strang of Cleveland, Ohio and Jason Ortolano of Carteret, NJ. Along the way, they will be joined by several other participants.

I am sharing our adventure with you in hopes that you will find it to be of interest. If you are inclined, please follow their progress as they roll up the Atlantic coast. Also, check out their schedule and calendar June July, August. I hope you will come out and support us if we are passing through your area... and please, if you have any contacts in the cities listed along the way, I would love to hear from you. The success of our project can be enhanced by the participation of so many friends.

Please check out our website and watch our progress! I would love to hear your comments and suggestions.


Neil Tatar

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