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CHARLIE’s Ride next event…..1st Annual Paint Your Heart Out – Sunday, November 8, 2015!

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Our Next Event: Paint Your Heart Out Charity Paint Party!

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CHARLIE’s Ride Past Events

2015 Successful events.

6th Annual CHARLIEs Ride, 08/16/2015

Dr. Anita Kelsey, Director of Women's Heart Program and Beth Hensel, Founder of CHARLIEs Ride give opening remarks at the 6th Annual CHARLIEs Ride.

Due to the generous support of the riders and sponsors, CHARLIE’s Ride achieved all of their objectives – including the 5-year/$50,000 goal. About 70 motorcycles and 120 participants learned a little more about heart disease. Participants filled the Memory Wall, donated by Sign*A*Rama of Enfield, with tributes to those lost, alongside Beth’s dad, Charlie and good friend Gary. In total, over $5,800 was raised to support the life saving mission of The Women’s Heart Program, a clinical center of excellence at Saint Francis. Excellent results – all thanks to you!!!

Thanks to our presenting sponsor, Ted’s Montana Grill for the heart healthy feast.  Thanks to our hosts, TSI Harley Davidson and Big Shot Billiards!  Thanks to the State Troopers, New Britain and Enfield Police as well as Norm and the Trantolo & Trantolo Road Captains for a safe ride.  Thanks to Dunkin Donuts of Rockville for the coffee and donuts to start the day off.  Thanks to CHARLIEs Angels the volunteers who helped make the day so special, including our photographer, Mary Higgins.  Thanks to the many other sponsors who donated a wide array of raffle prizes, including All State Fire Equipment (Charlie’s co-workers).  Finally, many thanks to all of the riders and participants that helped us achieve our goals!

Picture from the Queen of Hearts Biker Ball. L-R Claire Karwacki-Marugg, M.S; Beth Hensel, Founder of CHARLIEs Ride; Dr. Anita Kelsey, Director of Women's Heart Program; Whitney Dionne, Saint Francis Foundation

4th Annual Queen of Hearts Biker Ball, 02/27/2015

With your support, the 4th Annual Queen of Hearts Biker Ball, hosted by Big Shot Billiards was a great success. CHARLIE’s Ride is proud to recognize everyone who made our event so successful, including our sponsors, guests and volunteers! We had a lot of fun with our Indoor Poker Run where CHARLIE’s Ride, All State Fire Equipment, Ted’s Montana Grill, TSI Harley Davidson, Trantolo & Trantolo and our beneficiary, the Women’s Heart Program from Saint Francis were our featured poker stops. We had about 70 guests and raised over $3,800 for The Women’s Heart Program at Saint Francis! That means since our inception in 2010, CHARLIE’s Ride events have raised nearly $45,000 – because of your help and support! Excellent results – all thanks to you!!!

2014 Successful events.

5th Annual CHARLIEs Ride, 08/14/2014

Due to the overwhelming support of the riders and sponsors, CHARLIE’s Ride achieved all of their goals. About 80 motorcycles and 130 participants learned a little more about heart disease. Participants filled the Memory Wall, donated by Sign*A*Rama of Enfield, with tributes to those lost, alongside Beth’s dad, Charlie. In total, over $6,200 was raised to support the live saving mission of The Women’s Heart Program, a clinical center of excellence at Saint Francis. That means since our inception in 2010, CHARLIE’s Ride events have raised over $41,000 – because of your help and support! Excellent results – all thanks to you!!!

3rd Annual Queen of Hearts Biker Ball, 02/22/2014


With your support, the 3rd Annual Queen of Hearts Biker Ball, hosted by Big Shot Billiards was a great success. CHARLIE’s Ride is proud to recognize everyone who made our event so successful, including our sponsors, guests and volunteers! We had a lot of fun with our Indoor Poker Run where CHARLIE’s Ride, All State Fire Equipment, Ted’s Montana Grill, TSI Harley Davidson, Trantolo & Trantolo and our beneficiary, the Women’s Heart Program from Saint Francis were our featured poker stops. We had about 80 guests and raised over $3,000 for The Women’s Heart Program at Saint Francis! That means since our inception in 2010, CHARLIE’s Ride events have raised over $35,000 – because of your help and support! Excellent results – all thanks to you!!

2013 Successful events.

4th Annual CHARLIEs Ride, 8/18/2013

The fourth annual CHARLIE’s Ride was a terrific success – thanks to everyone’s tremendous support! CHARLIE’s Ride an acronym for Cardiac Health Advocates Remembering Loved-ones Impacted Everywhere, is a charity motorcycle ride established in loving memory of Charlie Lewandoski who lost his 20-year battle with heart disease in July 2009 and for others just like him. Created by Charlie’s daughter, Beth Hensel, CHARLIE’s Ride has a three-fold objective: 1) to promote heart disease awareness and prevention strategies; 2) to remember the millions impacted by heart disease, and 3) to raise funds for cardiac care. Due to the overwhelming support of the riders and sponsors, CHARLIE’s Ride achieved all of their goals. About 100 motorcycles (30% women riders) and 150 participants learned a little more about heart disease. Participants filled the Memory Wall, donated by Sign*A*Rama of Enfield, with tributes to those lost, alongside Beth’s dad, Charlie. Not to mention raising over $7,000 for The Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, a clinical center of excellence at Saint Francis. Excellent results – all thanks to you!!!
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2nd Annual Queen of Hearts Biker Ball, 2/25/2013

With your support, the 2nd Annual Queen of Hearts Biker Ball, hosted by Big Shot Billiards was a great success. CHARLIE’s Ride is proud to recognize everyone who made our event so successful, including our sponsors, guests and volunteers! We had a lot of fun with our Indoor Poker Run where CHARLIE’s Ride, Ted’s Montana Grill, TSI Harley Davidson, Trantolo & Trantolo and our beneficiary, the Women’s Heart Program from Saint Francis were our featured poker stops. We had over 100 guests and raised nearly $3,300 for The Women’s Heart Program at Saint Francis! That means since our inception in 2010, CHARLIE’s Ride events have raised almost $25,300 – because of your help and support! Excellent results – all thanks to you!!!

2012 Successful events….

CHARLIE’s Ride – Third Annual

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CHARLIE’s Ride Bike Night & Baseball with the New Britain Rock Cats

Saturday, June 16, 2012
Rock Cats Stadium
New Britain, CT
With discount ticket sales we raised nearly $100 for CHARLIE’s Ride. Recognition to the Hartford HOG’s who did a pre-game ride on the field. Unfortunately the Rock Cats did not win, but it was a fun night out for all who attended!

Bike Blessing

Sunday, May 6th at 2 PM
St. Bernard’s Church
Enfield, CT

About 40 bikes and 50 people came out to support CHARLIE’s Ride with donations of non-perishable food to the Enfield Loaves & Fishes food bank and participation in a bike blessing at Saint Bernard’s Church in Enfield. Great showing considering this is a first year event AND a rain date. Thank you all for your support!!!

CHARLIE’s Ride was proud to present our

1st Annual Queen of Hearts Biker Ball

Saturday, Februrary 25th

The Queen of Hearts Biker Ball was a tremendous success! Based on the response, CHARLIE’s Ride pleased to announce this will be a new annual event to celebrate women’s heart health month and raise money for the Philips Women’s Heart Program at Saint Francis Hospital.

What a great night! Hosted at Big Shot Billiards, about 80 supporters enjoyed a yummy buffet dinner, DJ and dancing, and our featured Indoor Poker Run, where our stops included: TED’S Montana Grill, TSI Harley-Davidson, Trantolo & Trantolo, Phillips Women’s Heart Program from Saint Francis, and CHARLIE’s Ride.

Congratulations to our Poker Run winners: Kathleen Godlewsky and Geoff Viscount, who won a $25 gift certificate to Big Shot Billiards and a tasty gift from Tastefully Simple, respectively, plus LOTS of runner-ups. Not to mention all of our other winners from the raffles. Thanks to our special guest, ROCKY, the Rock Cat who joined us for the festivities and even posed on the 2012 Harley-Davidson (brought by TSI Harley-Davidson) that was the centerpiece of the event!

Collectively, we raised nearly $3,500 ! That means in just two short years CHARLIE’s Ride has raised nearly

$15,000 for heart disease research and awareness! Excellent results!!!

With Heartfelt Gratitude, CHARLIE’s Ride proudly recognizes all our guests

and sponsors who helped us exceed our expectations!