Westporter to ride bike for Make-A-Wish
A Westport resident plans on participating in a week-long bike ride through Europe as part of a fundraising effort for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Dave Weiss, senior vice president and head of connectivity at NYSE Euronext, has raised almost $25,000 for the foundation through online and in-person pledges for the trek, according to a news release from the foundation. Euronext is a global operator of financial markets and aprovider of trading technologies.
The trip will start June 8 from Amsterdam's Stock Exchange after a gong-ringing ceremony with Harmienke Kloeze, CEO of Make-A-Wish's Dutch chapter. Weiss will participate in two other ceremonies in Brussels and Paris, where the trip will conclude, the release states.
In December 2011, Weiss brought Make-A-Wish to the New York Stock Exchange with a wish child ringing the opening bell, followed by a holiday serenade of "Feliz Navidad" performed by singer Jose Feliciano, the release states.
With the average cost of a wish currently at $8,500, Weiss will have raised enough money to grant three wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. A friend of Weiss has pledged to add another $8,500 to the final amount, the release states.
To support Weiss on his ride, visit ct.wish.org and click on Dave's "Riding for Wishes" page under "Supporters."
The foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, the release states.