Holman Automotive and ARI Participate in “Pedal for Promise” and Raise More Than $24,000 to Support UrbanPromise Academy

MT. LAUREL, NJ (June 19, 2013): On May 4, 2013, a team from ARI® and its parent company Holman Automotive Group participated in the annual “Pedal for Promise” fundraising event, raising $24,395 to support the UrbanPromise Academy in Camden, New Jersey. The Holman-ARI team – which included both bikers and individuals who volunteered to work at designated rest stops along the bike route – was this year’s top fundraiser.

“We are proud to support UrbanPromise and the work that they do,” said Frank H. Beideman, vice president of resource development for Holman Automotive. “The children who attend the UrbanPromise Academy are provided with the opportunity to learn and grow through meaningful, real-world experiences, which in turn gives them the critical foundation they need to go out into the world and make a difference. It is an honor to be a part of that and we look forward each year to supporting UrbanPromise through the Pedal for Promise event.”

Festivities kicked off with a bar-b-que held on May 3 at Johnson’s Farm in Medford, New Jersey. The theme for the night was “Classic Car Cruise” and Holman Automotive provided a classic Ford Model-T which was on display for the enjoyment of the attendees. The ride was held May 4 and offered riders the option of a 15, 30 or 65 mile journey through scenic Burlington County, New Jersey. All of the routes began and ended at Johnson’s Farm. The course offered rest stops with food and drink, Danzeisen & Quigley bicycle technicians to repair tires, and volunteers on motor cycles to direct the bikers and help keep the riders safe. The Homan-ARI team included more than 30 riders and 10 volunteers who pitched in all along the route and at Johnson’s Farm.

UrbanPromise is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing children and youth with the support that they need to succeed academically, grow spiritually, and prepare for leadership so they can bring positive change to their own communities. This is accomplished through its two schools, the CamdenForward school and the UrbanPromise Academy, and a complement of after-school programs, summer camps, job training, experiential learning, and a host of other enrichment activities.