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ASF ride2live Project Wins 2010 United Way Community Caring Award

On May 13, 2010, the United Way of Columbia and Greene Counties presented the ASF ride2live Project with a 2010 Community Caring Award. Volunteers Karen and Richard Elder, and Vince Passione were honored as Volunteers of the Year by the local United Way organization for conceiving of, designing and implementing the first ride2live Snowboard Camp for children with autism spectrum disorder. Kim Seevers led off by describing the program to the 100+ attendees and by recognizing Karen, Richard and Vince (as well as other ASF volunteers) for getting the first ride2live camp off the ground. Because Richard and Vince were not able to attend the dinner, ride2live ambassador Zach Elder was invited to accept the award on their behalf and to deliver a short acceptance speech. Zach did an amazing job, grabbing the mic like an old pro to talk about the success of the program and what it meant for the participants. Zach’s words were greeted by a standing ovation and more than a few tears. Way to go Zach!

Zach proudly displays the award received on behalf of ASF volunteers Vince Passione and Karen and Richard Elder (Zach's parents,) after delivering a heartfelt acceptance speech.