Annual Bay Ridge Center Walkathon raises close to $10k for Meals on Wheels

The 21st Annual Bay Ridge Center Miles for Meals Walkathon went off without a hitch on Saturday, September 19, this time pooling together close to $10,000 for the center’s Meals on Wheels program and local services supporting seniors.

“We were thrilled, as always, that the neighborhood came together in support of this very important cause,” said Todd Fliedner, head of outreach and development at the Bay Ridge Center, calling the cause one close to his heart. “Meals on Wheels benefits your neighbors, your friends and so many needy and homebound individuals in our community.”

The walk kicked off at 11 a.m. at the Bay Ridge Center (411 Ovington Avenue) and followed a nearly two-mile course along Third Avenue to 83rd Street, and then up 83rd Street to Fifth Avenue and back down to the center.

Fliedner said the turnout – paired with the amount of money raised – was indicative of the event’s growth.

Raising $10,000 “is a major accomplishment,” he said, noting that the organization is all grassroots. “It was great to have State Senator Marty Golden, Congressmember Daniel Donovan and Councilmember Vincent Gentile. It just shows the kind of family we have here at the Bay Ridge Center, and I think family is an important thing.”

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