Sunday, May 18, 2014

American Heart Association Heart Ride

Yesterday, I put aside my Miss NY packing and headed out to the Hamptons to volunteer at the American Heart Association 2014 Heart Ride with the fabulous Sarah Pierson, Miss Empire Star's Outstanding Teen.

I've really hit the jackpot when it comes to having fabulous teen queens. Sarah is a junior in high school, and she is SO well spoken and poised. We also have a ton of fun things in common--from our love of Star Wars to the fact that we both had our names pulled out of the hat first to make Miss NY placement choices. Sarah's platform is Heart U: Raising Awareness of Living Heart Healthy Lifestyles. She has done a tremendous amount of work not just to raise awareness, but to lobby for research dollars and more! I was so happy to accept her invitation to volunteer with her at the Heart Ride, a 100, 60, or 27 mile bike tour of the Hamptons (rider's choice). We manned a water stop at the 20 mile mark, providing drinks and treats to the cyclists.

Setting up the tent--a surprisingly challenging task!

Mission accomplished! 

Sarah with all of the goodies--drinks, sandwiches, fresh fruit, protein bars, and the crowd favorite: Swedish Fish!

The riders were are SO incredibly nice! Many of them were riding in teams, good-naturedly teasing each other and challenging each other to sandwich eating contests (we hear the record was 20 PB & Js last year)! In addition to their kindness, they all committed to raising at least $750 for the American Heart Association. I know they all surpassed that goal, as according to the Heart Ride website they are already up to nearly $230,000 raised!

Once the riders had all gone through, Sarah and I took some fun pictures together--with the beautiful beach just feet away, how could we resist?!

I can't wait to make another trip out to the Hamptons in the future, and spend some more time with Sarah this year. You can bet I'll be one of the loudest fans in the audience cheering for her when she takes the stage on Saturday! The Empire is ready to strike back!

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