PITTSTON — Dr. Jen’s Hope Third Annual Memorial Ride & Block Party will be held on Sunday, Aug. 9 at Cooper’s Seafood House, 304 Kennedy Blvd., Pittston. The event is supported by Cooper’s Seafood House and the Wyoming Valley Motorcycle Club.
This year features an expanded, 40-mile escorted ride, which returns to the block party. Commemorative T-shirts are available. The event will be held rain or shine.
Registration for the motocycle/car ride will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. with complimentary coffee and doughnuts. An assembly and blessing of the bikes will be held at 11:45 a.m., and “kick stands up” will be at at noon.
Registration fees are $20 for riders and $15 for passengers, which includes $5 in raffle tickets and a lunch buffet. Children under 10 years old can register for free.
The block party, which will kick off once riders have returned from the trip, will feature a dunk tank with local “celebrities”, a bake sale, local vendors, a children’s balloon toss contest, face painting, music, an adult egg toss contest, a hotdog eating contest, over 50 gift baskets and prizes to be raffled and more.
All event proceeds will support the Dr. Jen’s Hope Foundation. For more information, visit www.drjenshope.org or call Cooper’s Seafood House at 570-654-6883.
According to the foundation’s website, its work reflects Jennifer A. Sidari, M.D.’s life and work. In addition, “the foundation aims to support local efforts, humanitarian causes, educational endeavors, and women’s and children’s needs through collaboration, charitable giving, and independent projects.”
Sidari died unexpectedly on May 29, 2013, just weeks after receiving her doctoral degree from The Commonwealth Medical College.
Born and raised in West Pittston, Sidari was said to have loved the community and was proud to have been raised and educated in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Although she was not given the chance to begin her career in medicine, her accomplishments were numerous.
Among a number of outstanding achievements, she was nationally recognized in the medical field by receiving the Physicians of Tomorrow Award. During her studies at TCMC, she volunteered in children’s hospitals and clinics around the world, including South Africa and Haiti. Friends and family say she was known for her contagious smile and selfless personality.
Information provided by Peter Sidari Jr.