"Thanksgiving has always been a cherished holiday for my family and the Saunders
& Associates family," said Andrew Saunders
, President of Saunders & Associates. "This year, we felt we needed to honor the holiday by helping the Hamptons community and give back to those less fortunate on the East End."
On Saturday, November 22, 2014, Saunders & Associates is joining a national effort to end hunger by sponsoring the first Hamptons "Cranksgiving." Part bike ride, part food drive, and part scavenger hunt, participants will follow a pre-arranged six-mile course, stopping at four different Hamptons grocery stores where they can purchase non-perishable foods which will be donated to the East Hampton Food Pantry
. There is no minimum or maximum requirement of donated items, but cyclists must bring back at least $20 worth of donated non-perishables items. The first person to return to the finish line with all the listed items and accompanying receipts will be declared the "winner."
is even contributing to the "Cranksgiving" efforts with a special guest rider from the network taking part in the East Hampton leg of the race. "Today Show
" co-host Matt Lauer
will cycle during the Hamptons "Cranksgiving" accompanied by cameras to document the ride, which will air on Monday, November 24th.
East Hampton native and Saunders & Associates agent, Eddie Lopez was the driving force in bringing "Cranksgiving" to the Hamptons. "We couldn't think of a better way to do that than by joining forces with the East Hampton Food Pantry and sponsoring a "Cranksgiving" of our own," noted Saunders. This year, the East Hampton Food Pantry is expected to feed over 31,000 people in Amagansett, East Hampton, Montauk, Springs, and Wainscott. The "Cranksgiving" food drive will greatly support the Food Pantry's amazing effort.
Entry to "Cranksgiving" is free, but a bicycle, helmet, and a small backpack are required. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the ride begins at 11 a.m. from the East Hampton Middle School (76 Newtown Lane, East Hampton).
For more information, visit www.cranksgiving.org.
Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com