June 30, 2010

Trenton's Team Trane 'Coasts the Coast' to Raise Money for MS

TRENTON, NJ (INGERSOLL RAND NEWS SERVICE) -- Employees from the Residential Solutions facility in Trenton, NJ, along with family and friends, participated in the 19th annual “Coast the Coast” Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Charity Bike Ride this past May. The group, called Team Trane, is composed of 34 people, seven of whom work at the Trenton facility. This year’s ride was a great success, and Team Trane is already gearing up for the 20th anniversary of the “Coast the Coast” ride next year.

“Coast the Coast” participants follow a scenic route along the Jersey shore and choose from one-day rides of 25, 50 or 85 miles, or a two-day ride of 170 miles. The varying mileage allows both avid cyclists and novices to be able to participate in the ride without feeling uncomfortable. The ride also attracts participants of various age groups, from elementary school children to retired individuals.

For the 2010 MS bike ride, the more than 1,500 participants have so far raised a total of $900,000, of which Team Trane contributed $22,642. They are the sixth-highest fundraising team of the event. Donations are still being accepted and can be made, on behalf of Team Trane, by using this link.Since 1992, employees at the Trenton facility have participated in a charity-cycling event and have raised a total of $250,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Team Trane has participated in all 19 “Coast the Coast” bike rides under the direction of Team Captain Anthony DiDomenico, a 23-year veteran of the Trenton facility. After DiDomenico’s younger sister was diagnosed with MS in 1993, the ride became a personal crusade for him. According to DiDomenico, “it is great to combine my love of cycling with such a notable cause.” He knows firsthand how MS can impact an individual, and thinks it is great that the money raised by this event will help fund research as well as provide local support and services for those impacted by MS. Visit www.nationalmssociety.org for more information on the MS foundation.

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