Turning his passion into a career, Ben Ripstein established Midwest Motors, Inc., in 2009, and he continues to expand his inventory of luxury pre-owned vehicles. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of business headquarters in Lake Zurich, Ben Ripstein regularly finds time to support community causes such as the Special Olympics’ Illinois chapter.
As part of the global Special Olympics organization, the Illinois chapter is dedicated to providing individuals with intellectual disabilities a supportive community of peers. Now involving more than 21,000 athletes throughout the state, Special Olympics Illinois relies on the continued philanthropy of more than 40,000 volunteers and supporters to provide sports and training programs. To proactively promote a culture of tolerance and physical fitness, Special Olympics Illinois is inviting participants throughout the Chicagoland area to join the Pumpkin Pedal at Leroy Oakes County Forest Preserve on October 5, 2014. The event features 10-, 20-, and 28-mile routes on the Great Western Trail, as well as 45- and 65-mile road rides for serious bikers.
The $30 registration fee includes rest stops and emergency mechanical support, and participants will be treated to a post-ride meal with vegetarian options available. The proceeds will fund year-round training programs for Illinois athletes with intellectual disabilities. For registration information, visit soill.org.