By Richard Rhinehart
Holbrook, New York, April 10, 2015 – In a remarkable effort of exceptional fundraising and support for World T.E.A.M. Sports’ April 24-26 Face of America bicycle and hand cycle ride, the American Portfolios Financial Services team was recognized today as having raised more funds for the non-profit organization than any previous Face of America team.
Through April 9, American Portfolios had raised over $102,000 – that’s nearly as much as all participants in the national non-profit’s 2007 ride collected in contributions. The fundraising represents the culmination of ongoing efforts by the team working together toward helping World T.E.A.M. Sports include greater numbers of persons with disabilities in future outdoor sporting events.
“It is a privilege and honor to be associated with you,” said American Portfolios President and CEO Lon Dolber in a message to his team members.
Since 2007, American Portfolios has steadily increased its fundraising support of the Long Island-based non-profit’s annual ride from the Pentagon in Arlington to Gettysburg honoring military veterans injured in service. For their inaugural 2007 ride, the team raised $14,000. By 2011, their contribution had increased to $60,073 and then to $84,382 in 2014.
One of the reasons for the team’s success is the tireless volunteer contributions of MaryAnn Rosolino, Corporate Receptionist Leader for American Portfolios, a leading financial services company and independent broker/dealer.
“MaryAnn exemplifies teamwork,” said Dolber. “Her collaborative inclusive nature is what makes these events for our team so successful. She is always positive and her efforts are always done with enthusiasm and love. She is the embodiment of American Portfolios.”
Throughout her youth, Rosolino and her siblings were unclear as to why their father, a Marine and Korean War veteran, would sometimes have uncontrollable and disproportionate anger. When he committed suicide at age 52 dressed in his combat fatigues, the family suspected his combat experiences had played a role.
Interested in the ongoing corporate support of World T.E.A.M. Sports, Rosolino volunteered to assist at several events. Since 2010, she has assisted with the Face of America ride, the Adventure Team Challenge New York and the cross-country Sea to Shining Sea ride. This last summer, she helped coordinate the inaugural CanAm Veterans’ Challenge ride from Ottawa to Washington, and the Coastal Team Challenge on Long Island. Through her participation as a volunteer at these events, she began to understand the challenges injured veterans and disabled civilians experience in their daily lives.
At the 2011 Adventure Team Challenge in New York’s Catskill Mountains, she was surprised at event’s end when Ross, a developmentally-disabled teenage participant, reached out to her with both hands and gave her a kiss, particularly since his father explained he didn’t like to be touched by others. She had been uncertain to that moment whether the boy had any awareness of the outdoor sporting activities in which he had participated.
Years later, while assisting veterans at Face of America, it occurred to Rosolino that sharing stories and connecting with others is important in life. Through communication with veterans who had experienced war and combat, she now understands her father had suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress, but no one knew what it was at the time. With this personal revelation, she suspects World T.E.A.M. Sports is not in her life by chance.
Although Dolber credits Rosolino’s efforts in helping the team, she in turn looks to him for inspiration. “From what I understand,” she said, “he used to be a carpenter. In a sense, he’s still doing that today. Here at American Portfolios, he lays the framework that the rest of us continue to build on to make a difference in our communities and to help others.”
The 2015 Face of America Ride is supported through sponsorships from Capital One Bank, American Portfolios Financial Services, Booz Allen Hamilton, Benson Botsford LLC, Brioni, CA Technologies, Deven’s Recycling, DuPont Fabros Technology, Fidelity & Guaranty Life, Freshbikes, General Electric, Lerch, Early & Brewer, Penske Truck Rental, Sila Solutions Group, SUBWAY of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Three Wire Systems LLC, U.S. Silica, Vedder Price, Veterans Corps of America and Xtiva Financial Systems. In 2014, of every dollar raised through sponsorship support and fundraising donations, $.87 was applied toward inclusive outdoor events such as the Face of America, and toward supporting participation of persons with disabilities.