april, 2018

28apr9:00 am1:00 pmFamily Fun RunA family 5k at the park to raise funds for the Foundation.

Event Details


15th Annual Family Fun Run/Walk – Saturday, April 28, 2018



WE DID IT!!!! Yes, thanks to all of our fabulous sponsors, participants, and others who donated, we raised more than $18,000 at our milestone 15th annual Family Fun Run/Walk on April 28, 2018!!!! The Family Fun 5K Run/Walk has thus raised $250,000 (yes, that’s a QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS) since its inaugural 2004 event.

The Hickey Family Team was there in full force to honor the memory of our honoree Lida Bertolozzi, the devoted wife of Mario Bertolozzi and the loving mom of Maria Hickey, Louise B. Lynch, and Peter Bertolozzi. Lida lost her cancer battle in January 2017. Other participating teams were Angels of Light, Camp Hillcroft, Health Quest Get Fit, and Smiling Through Chaos.

For the 5K, 211 runners and walkers crossed the finish line, including 87-year-old Mario Bertolozzi who placed 3rd in the male 70-and-above category. There were 23 finishers in the 1-mile kids race. In the 5K, the top female was 12-year-old Delaney Mohl (25:24.05), and the top male was Chris Wimmers (48, 20:32.48) (Chris has also volunteered his time to be our DJ for the past several years – thanks, Chris!). For the kids’ race, the top female was Isabel Czech (8:34.74); the top male was Rocco Maggio (7:22.60).



Lida Bertolozzi was born in Pontremoli, Italy on October 3, 1935. She was the daughter of the late Antonio and Luisa Sartori. She came to America when she was 19 years old. Upon arriving on the SS Andrea Doria, she began work as a seamstress in the Bronx. One day, her beloved cousin, Delio Zani, introduced her to Mario Bertolozzi, and the rest is history. What began as a long-distance courtship resulted in a happy 57-year marriage, which started on October 10, 1959. Lido and Mario decided to start their family in Poughkeepsie, NY, where they raised three children.

In addition to being a great wife and mother, one of Lida’s greatest accomplishments was obtaining her U.S. citizenship in 1972. Over the years, she worked for various interior designers. She eventually started her own successful business making custom-made draperies, slipcovers, and bedspreads. She always had the help of her loving husband with delivery and installation of the beautiful pieces of work she created. Lida kept busy doing the things she loved, such as her active involvement in the Italian Center Ladies Auxiliary, weekly Bocci League games, St. Ann’s Society, volunteering at St. Francis Hospital, traveling with family & friends, playing cards, going to the gym, and cooking fabulous meals for her family. Lida’s biggest source of joy, though, was spending lots of quality time with her children and grandchildren.

In September 2015, Lido was diagnosed with cancer of an unknown primary and fought very hard until she lost her battle on January 22, 2017. The legacy she leaves behind is one of compassion, love, and selflessness. She would be so honored to be recognized by Miles of Hope, and her family will continue to support this wonderful organization.


Back Row: Connie Haven, Donna Milano
Middle row: Elena Peritikos, Melanie Palazzolo, Erin Rollins, Dana Effron (Miles of Hope Co-Founder), Rachel Ross, Debbie Novick, Beth Kaba, Patti Tessler, Samantha Scotti, Keri Newsham
Front Row (kneeling): Lynne Kopac, Michi Decker, Mary Ritter, Marie Cole
Not pictured: Barbara Bennet, Shari Rothfeld, Cynthia Secor, Rebecca Withers

Link to Bob Kopac’s photos on Shutterfly

Link to race results:

5K Results

Kids Results


    • ABC Corporate Awards: Signs, Awards and Printing
    • Assogna Endodontic Specialty Group, DDS
    • The Bagel Shoppe
    • Christopher James DJs
    • Jeffrey Feldman, Attorney-at-Law
    • Feldman Physical Therapy
    • Fleet Feet Sports – Poughkeepsie
    • Forza Fitness
    • Greenbaum Optometry
    • Health Quest
    • The Hickey Family
    • Hickey-Finn Group Insurance Services
    • The Hotaling Group Insurance Services
    • House of Nutrition
    • Bob and Lynne Kopac
    • Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club
    • Roosevelt Road Capital Partners, LLC.
    • Safeguard Business Systems
    • Sun Up Enterprises
  • Town of Union Vale
  • Boy Scout Troop #82, LaGrangeville (Leader Kim Collier)
  • Volunteers
  • Food and Beverages
    • Adam’s Fairacre Farms
    • The Bagel Shoppe
    • Millbrook Deli
    • Stewart’s – Millbrook
    • Tops – LaGrange
  • All who donated: dollar donations, raffles, food, volunteer time and effort – EVERYTHING!
  • All who attended/participated

With sincere thanks from the Miles of Hope Family Fun Run/Walk Committee: Lori Decker, Laurissa Agosta, Alison Christenson, Barri Donnellan, Bob Kopac, Lynne Kopac, Sarah Long, Andra Strudler


(Saturday) 9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Tymor Park