Long Island’s Filthy Crickets Raising Funds for World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Face of America Ride

By Richard Rhinehart

Holbrook, New York, April 3, 2013 – One of Long Island’s most engaging rock and roll bands will host a dance party fundraiser April 6 in Westhampton Beach, New York to benefit World T.E.A.M. Sports’ April 26-28 Face of America bicycle ride honoring disabled veterans.

The Filthy Crickets

The Filthy Crickets play in Long Island, New York. Photograph courtesy The Filthy Crickets.

Playing a selection of popular rock music covers from the 1960s and 1970s, The Filthy Crickets evening performance features Lon Dolber, the CEO of American Portfolios Financial Services, a leading financial services company and independent broker/dealer. Dolber, who plays bass guitar for the six-man ensemble, is also a director of the Long Island-based non-profit World T.E.A.M. Sports.

“The opportunity to connect with those brave men and women whom have given so much, to ride with them in both support and, more importantly, in understanding of what they have done for us and what they are now experiencing, is available through this ride,” said Dolber, a frequent participant in World T.E.A.M. Sports events and the Face of America. Since participating in an early 2007 climb of Africa’s Kilimanjaro with a team of disabled athletes, Dolber has paddled the northwest coast of America by sea kayak with disabled veterans from the United States and Canada during the 2009 Coastal Team Challenge. He also has ridden across the Rocky Mountains in Utah and Colorado with a team of disabled veterans during the 2012 Sea to Shining Sea ride and directs the Adventure Team Challenge at Frost Valley, an annual team challenge for disabled children in the Catskill Mountains with support from the Center for Discovery.The Filthy Crickets Benefit

Dolber’s most enthusiastic support, however, is for the non-profit’s annual Face of America ride in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. His American Portfolios team currently is the leading fundraiser for the 110-mile ride from the Pentagon to the historic battlefields of Gettysburg. With 50 team members, the team has set a goal of raising $75,000 in support of the two day ride.

The Face of America ride from World T.E.A.M. Sports will include more than 500 participants in 2013, with an expected 100 disabled veterans from the United States and Canada riding bicycles, hand cycles and recumbent bicycles. In 2002 and 2003, the Face of America served as the official 9/11 commemorative bicycle ride from Ground Zero in New York to the Pentagon.

An active sailor and bicyclist, Dolber takes time to play the “good time rock and roll” music of classic groups from the Beatles to The Rolling Stones and The Doors to Elvis Presley, the Allman Brothers Band and Roy Orbison and Marvin Gaye with The Filthy Crickets. Once featured in Forbes Magazine, the group regularly performs at Long Island restaurants and special events and benefits for organizations like the Westhampton Beach Fire Department.

The April 6 performance at Agave’s Tequila Bar & Lounge includes an auction and a 50/50 split by the restaurant for food and beverage purchases, benefiting the Face of America ride. There is no cover or minimum drink requirement for the concert. The performance begins at 9 p.m.

World T.E.A.M. Sports is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization chartered in North Carolina and headquartered in Holbrook, New York. Celebrating 20 years in 2013, World T.E.A.M. Sports organizes athletic events for disabled and able bodied citizens – mountain climbing, white water rafting, bicycling, and more. In all our events we include both disabled and able-bodied participants with all participants working as a team to overcome challenges. Our events encourage disabled participants to build self-confidence and physical fitness while providing a role model for other disabled citizens. World T.E.A.M. Sports events also encourage the disabled to take up physical activities and become a moving inspiration to other participants, as well as spectators who see that the disabled can meet challenges beyond anyone’s imagination. We change lives through sports.

The Filthy Crickets 2012 Benefit Video:

Richard Rhinehart serves as Director of Communications for World T.E.A.M. Sports.