Second Annual Charity Challenge! Professional Physical Therapy Supports Nine Local Philanthropies

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Professional Physical Therapy hosts second annual Charity Challenge in support of nine local philanthropies.

Many companies talk about giving back, but at Professional Physical Therapy (“Professional”) charitable giving is an integral part of what makes it a great place to work and fantastic community partner. Since its inception in 1998, Professional has sponsored and participated in hundreds of local charity events. For the second year, it’s holding a companywide Charity Challenge to support philanthropic organizations.

Professional’s 2014 Charity Challenge takes place from July through September and consists of nine employee-driven teams, each supporting a different charity of their choice through events and other opportunities. The teams compete with one another and are judged on a variety of criteria, including how well they share the charity’s message, brand, and communal significance. The winning team’s contributions are matched by Professional.

“Charity Challenge is now one of the highlights of our year at Professional,” said Adam Elberg, Founding Partner, President, & CEO. “While we support local philanthropies year round, this staff-driven competition is very exciting. Our employees want to make a difference in the world and impact the communities they serve. They’re working hard to find creative, fun ways to engage the community, raise funds for worthy causes, and help people live better lives. I’m so proud of each and every one of them. Giving back through philanthropy and volunteering was always a significant part of my life. It’s great to share this passion with my colleagues.”

What does it take to win Professional’s Charity Challenge? “The Garden City team won last year, because we enjoyed working together as a family to make the event the best we could — all for a great cause,” said Bridget Rodin, winning 2013 Team Captain and Certified Athletic Trainer. “Participating in charity events was something I grew up with and has become an important part of my life. It’s amazing to work for a company that frequently helps the local community. Charity Challenge brings the company together and spreads awareness about local philanthropies. I’m truly blessed to be a part of a company that finds this important.”

“It’s amazing to see the commitment our employees have to giving back to the community,” said Eva Brandl, Vice President of Marketing and Charity Challenge co-advisor. “Professional’s Annual Charity Challenge gives our staff the opportunity to spread awareness and raise funds for charities they care about. Last year, Professional’s Charity Challenge raised more than $30,000. The company expects to increase its charitable giving in 2014 through Charity Challenge and its other philanthropic activities.”

Below please find details about the nine 2014 Charity Challenge Events. Donations will be accepted till September 30, 2014, for all events — even those that have taken place. Please share online giving details.

For more information about Professional’s Charity Challenge, please contact Lisa-Michelle Kucharz at or 1-516-321-2446. For details about any of the specific charity events, please contact the event’s team leader.

Upcoming Events

Charity Fair for HorseAbility Benefiting HorseAbility
Saturday, August 16, 2014 — 12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m.
Event Description: The fair will feature music, dunk tank, bounce house, pony rides, carnival games, decorate your own horseshoe, cotton candy machine, popcorn machine, raffles, 50/50, and more! All proceeds will benefit HorseAbility, a non profit organization that provides horse-related programs to children and adults with special needs.
Event Location: SUNY Old Westbury, off Route 107, Old Westbury, New York
Cost: $10, including tickets for activities
Team Leader: Christina Kavanagh
Team Leader Contact Information: ckavanagh(at)professionalpt(dot)com, 516-263-9604
Online Donations:

A Night Above the City Benefiting the Benjamin and Sienna Fund
Saturday, August 16, 2014 — 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Event Description: The event will feature a night of food, drink, raffles, and door prizes on the 51st Floor of the Time Warner Building, overlooking both the East River and Central Park.
Event Location: Club 51, Time Warner Building, 25 Columbus Circle (enter on 58th Street), New York, NY 10019
Cost: Entrance is Free With Donation
Team Leader: Kevin Bona
Team Leader Contact Information: kbona(at)professionalpt(dot)com, 708-912-7748
Online Donations:

T.E.A.L. (Tell Every Amazing Lady) About Ovarian Cancer 5K Walk/Run Benefiting the Louisa M. McGregor Ovarian Cancer Foundation
Saturday, September 6, 2014 — 8:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Event Description: This group is participating as a team at the Sixth Annual T.E.A.L. walk/run 5k event. Staff, patients, family, and friends are encouraged to register to be a member of the team in an effort to raise money for ovarian cancer. All those who would like to support the team, but are unable to participate in the race are encouraged to come out and support the team.
Event Location: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Bandshell Entrance
Cost: $35 Race Registration
Team Leader: Lindsay Tunney
Team Leader Contact Information: ltunney(at)professionalpt(dot)com, 954-614-8211
Online Donations and Registration:

Softball Game and BBQ Benefiting St. Joseph's Children's Hospital
Saturday, September 6, 2014 — 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Event Description: Friendly softball; fun games, (e.g., Ladder Ball, Corn Hole, Can Jam); raffles; delicious food; and drinks.
Event Location: One PAL Drive, Wayne, NJ
Cost: $25
Team Leader: Carly Williams
Team Leader Contact Information: cwilliams(at)professionalpt(dot)com, 201-220-8572
Online Donations: (Under “Additional Information,” select “Corporate: This donation is on behalf of a company” and add “Professional PT” as a comment.)

Charity Fitness Challenge Benefiting the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
September 13, 2014 3:00 p.m.
Event Description: Professional staff take on a fitness challenge in front of guests, family, friends, and sponsors.
Event Location: 420 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10170 (inside Equinox)
Cost: Free to Attend; $10 donation includes entrance into a challenge; and $25 donation includes chance to challenge a participating Professional staff member at any one of the fitness challenges.
Team Leader: Donis Gil
Team Leader Contact Information: dgil(at)professionalpt(dot)com, 347-623-5934
Online Donations:

Golf Outing Benefiting Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 — 11:30 a.m. Registration ● 1:30 p.m. Tee-Off
Event Description: This fun event supports the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Registration is from 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. Shotgun tee-off starts at 1:30 p.m., followed by reception, open bar, dinner, prizes, raffles, Chinese auction, and giveaways. For reservations, contact Scott Donop at 631-351-7676 or Marlene Morais at 631-262-7855 or mmorais(at)professionalpt(dot)com.
Event Location: Wind Watch Golf Club, Hauppauge, New York
Cost: $75 dinner only; $225 golf and dinner
Team Leader: Marlene Morais
Team Leader Contact Information: mmorais(at)professionalpt(dot)com or 631-262-7855
Online Donations:

Past Events – Donations Still Accepted

4K Walk. Run. Play. Benefiting Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS)
Saturday, July 26, 2014 — 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Event Description: This fun filled event consisted of a 4K Walk/Run, followed by potato sack and relay races, tug of war, and Zumba. There was a live DJ and raffles. Food and water were also be available. The purpose of this event was not only to raise money, but also to raise awareness about sex trafficking in New York and the United States. Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS) is the only organization in New York State specifically designed to serve girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking.
Event Location: Memorial Field of Flushing, 149th Street (between 25th Avenue and Bayside Avenue),
Bayside, New York
Cost: $20 Adults, $10 Children
Team Leader: Ebonnee' Adams
Team Leader Contact Information: eadams(at)professionalpt(dot)com, 347-228-8798
Online donations:

Crawl for the Cure Benefiting the Alzheimer's Foundation of America
Sunday, July 27, 2014 — 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Event Description: Pub crawl on Mamaroneck Avenue, including five pubs, drink and food specials, and raffles.
Event Location: The event began at Ron Black’s Beer Hall, 181 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, New York; and also included The Brazen Fox, Black Bear Saloon; Wicked Wolf Tavern, and The Lazy Boy Saloon — all on Mamaroneck Avenue.
Cost: $5
Team Leader: Amy Spetla
Team Leader Contact Information: aspetla(at)professionalpt(dot)com
Online donations:

Second Annual Charity Block Party Benefiting Grants for Athletics, Medicine, and Education (G.A.M.E.)
Saturday, August 9, 2014 — 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.
Event Description: This event featured games, a live band, classic car show, raffles, 50/50, prizes, and a chance to dunk your favorite Professional employee.
Event Location: 645 Stewart Avenue, Garden City, New York
Cost: $10
Team Leader: Bridget Rodin
Team Leader Contact Information: brodin(at)professionalpt(dot)com, 631-355-3056
Online donations:

Professional Physical Therapy (“Professional”), headquartered in Uniondale, New York, is a leading provider of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Services in the New York-metropolitan area and New Jersey. Professional was founded in 1998, and now operates 41 outpatient Physical Therapy centers: 11 of which are located within Equinox Fitness Centers, four located in a Blink facility, one located in a Velocity Sports Performance Center, and 25 standalone. Additionally, Professional operates a 20,000 square foot sports performance training facility in Garden City, New York. The company’s outpatient Physical Therapy centers provide treatment to patients suffering from musculoskeletal impairments associated with accidents, sports injuries, and various other medical conditions. For more information, visit

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