Dear Fellow Alumni,
A letter came into to us about a Classical alumnus who is doing wonderful volunteer work in New York. A successful business executive, he is now directing some of that same energy and determination to a new non-profit with remarkable success. His name is Marc Lavineí87 and here is his story:
Marc Lavine í87 (2nd from left) a managing director at Deutsche Bank and member of the national committee for Cycle for Survival.
"I have been involved with Cycle for Survival since the end of 2008. At that time it was about 18 months old and it had raised a cumulative $800k in the two winters it had been held. Hereís the way it works: Some 150 cycles are set up in a large health club that has been cleared out of other equipment. Participants can sign up for a 4 hour morning shift or a 4 hour afternoon shift. You then get 3 or 4 friends and you each take an hour to fill out the four hours. If you want to ride all four hours by yourself then you are called a Cycle Extreme rider as opposed to a team rider.
The founder of this event, Jennifer Linn, her husband and I made fast friends. The event had amazing energy. A DJ spinning music adds to the excitement. The fundraiser is not like a race or long ride. There are no winners or losers. You start together and you end together. You laugh and cry on that day together. It evokes the very best things people have in them.
I now ride all 8 hours of the day and I am on the National Committee for Cycle For Survival. One month before Jennifer Linn died, I made a promise that I would always be a guardian to this cause and Cycle would go on without her. Her death rocked me. I had never lost a close friend before.
In the past few years, the event has grown exponentially. Last year it raised $14 million. As an individual, the most I have raised is $206,000. As a team, the most we have raised is $430,000. Cumulatively, Cycle For Survival has raised $32 million over the past 7 years. We have funded over 85 research studies and clinical trials. We built a lab and we tracked down lymphoma to the gene. We put a man with Stage IV bladder cancer in full remission. This event and its allocation of funds is really working. 100% of the money raised goes to the research."
To me, Marcís story, one shared by many of our alumni, of combining career success with a commitment to improving our society, exemplifies why our Associationís work on behalf of our school is so important. While todayís Classical continues to teach its students important study and academic skills, it also helps them develop social responsibility and leadership abilities as well.
I believe it is a major role of our association to do what we can to help provide the resources to help current students master all these important skills and values so that in the future they too can incorporate them into their daily lives to the benefit of their families, friends and society at large.
Please join me, if you havenít already done so, in supporting our Association in any way you can.
Elaine Berlinsky Fain, MDí66
President, Classical High School Alumni Association