This past December, Ai created a holiday website where each employee committed to making or doing something to raise money for Bideawee, a leading animal welfare organization in New York. If your commitment were purchased, the money would be donated to Bideawee. My commitment was to host a charity ride at Swerve Fitness, a team-inspired cycling studio a few blocks south of Ai’s office, to raise even more money for Bideawee beyond the price of my commitment. As of about a week ago, that commitment was fulfilled!

On Monday night, March 9, 2015, 47 of my closest friends, family, and co-workers joined me for the event I deemed “Pedal for Puppies”.

Pedal for Puppies Collage

We rode for 45 minutes and celebrated afterwards with a fun photo session and time set aside to play with five puppies, two of which were up for adoption. Together we used our collective energy for some good and raised an additional $1500 for Bideawee.

Both of my dogs growing up at home were adopted from Bideawee, and I went to high school across the street from Bidewee's Long Island location. That night I rode in their memory, for all the puppies looking for a home, and for the people who work so hard at Bideawee to find them one and keep them comfortable until they do.

Pedal for Puppies Group Photo

Thank you to everyone who participated in Pedal for Puppies, to those who donated, to Swerve Fitness for hosting, to Bideawee for doing the great work they do each and every day, and to Ai for being the catalyst that fostered the creation of Pedal for Puppies.