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Stories - Team Mission United

Friday, April 8, 2016
    It started innocently enough for Alexander Bateman Jr., a law partner at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, and Board Member and Member of the Executive Committee of United Way of Long Island. Last year Alex was in a discussion with Theresa Regnante, President and CEO of United Way of Long Island about the agency fielding a team to compete in the 2016 NYC Marathon on behalf of the Mission United program. After some thought, Bateman felt it would a great way to raise funds and bring awareness in support of the organization’s veterans programs. Theresa asked him if Ruskin Moscou Faltischek would... Read more
Friday, April 8, 2016
Bill Ude has been a driver for UPS for the past 29 years. There must be fountain of youth formula that he has created on the job over these nearly three decades, because this November he will be competing in his third NYC Marathon.  What makes Bill’s record of running accomplishments so interesting, is the fact that at 55 years old he has only been running competitively for the past five of them. Ude recalls his running start. “I had a friend who along with his wife ran in marathon’s and they asked me to join them in training.” After that invitation, Bill never looked backed. He has run in 5... Read more
Friday, April 8, 2016
Most runners look upon the NYC Marathon as a monumental achievement just to complete. What happens when you look at the Marathon as just being the equivalent of a fast jog in the park? Billy Richards, a personal trainer at Gold’s Gym in Islip, and a member of Team Mission United is not the least bit concerned about completing 26.2 miles. Richards is a running machine. He has competed in 10 full marathons, 4 ultra marathons covering distances of up to 100 miles, 10 Tough Mudder obstacle races, Spartan races and on the winning team of a 48 hour Death Race for ultra athletes. With all of those ... Read more
Friday, May 6, 2016
    David Tauster, a labor and employment attorney for Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck, LLP, a labor attorney for Kaufman Dolowich Voluck in Woodbury was contemplating seeking a lottery spot in the 2016 NYC Marathon when a chance chat with his close friend and United Way of Long Island board member Greg May brightened his day. May, the Nassau County Commissioner of Taxi and Limousine told David that a spot remained on Team Mission United to compete in the Marathon. David recalled the chance discussion, “When Greg told me about Mission United and the NYC Marathon it was the perfect storm. I now... Read more
Friday, April 8, 2016
Deena Menendez of Hauppauge is beginning to undertake the long and rigorous training schedule that will eventually bring her to the New York City Marathon this November. The 26.2 grueling miles will be a quest for personal achievement, but more important to Deena is the cause she will be running for. Deena, who is a claims adjuster for GEICO in Woodbury, will be joined by runners from other corporations who support United Way of Long Island to form Team Mission United. The Team will run while raising funds and public awareness for Mission United, which serves active military and veterans... Read more
Friday, April 8, 2016
    Erick Rosales started running back in 2008. If it wasn’t for the combined efforts of a customer and a sporting goods store clerk he might never have taken up the hobby. Erick has been employed as a UPS driver for the past 26 years. During Christmas in 2007 Rosales was presented with a gift card to Sports Authority by one of his customers. Erick thanked the customer for his generosity and eventually headed to Sports Authority to see what he could find. Erick entered the store without the slightest idea of what he would purchase. As he tells it, “I first looked at the golf stuff. I thought... Read more
Friday, April 8, 2016
When many people think of their dream vacation, it takes place by the pool of a cruise ship or on a tour of Europe. When Mineola resident Jennifer Lipack, MAP Director for Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW thinks about a vacation, it comes in a very different form. Jennifer likes to travel to “run-cations.” What is a runcation? Jennifer explains. “A runcation is when you get together with a group of friends and run in different marathons and half marathons around the country.” Jennifer loves her runcations, so much so that she will compete in 7 or 8 in 2016. Jennifer has specialized in half marathons... Read more
Friday, May 6, 2016
Kathy Wagner, Generalist Manager for the Long Island Region of Enterprise Holdings, is the perfect runner to join Team Mission United. She is 50% runner and 50% United Way of Long Island supporter and cheerleader. As head of the human resources department for Enterprise on Long Island, Kathy has run the United Way campaign for the car rental agency for close to ten years. When Eric Schonhoff, Enterprises Regional Vice President asked her if she would like the chance to compete in the NYC Marathon on behalf of Enterprise in support of Mission United the answer was an instantaneous yes! Kathy... Read more
Friday, April 8, 2016
    Steve Kostoff is a caring guy. His thoughtfulness for others carries through from both his work life to his leisure time, so when his supervisor at Suffolk Bus Corp. asked him to run in the NYC Marathon to support Mission United he didn't have to give it a second thought. Steve works for Suffolk Bus Corp. as an ADA Bus Driver. His days are spent transporting people with disabilities who cannot drive on their own. Steve says that “I find the work humbling. Anyone of us could be in a similar situation, and it is my pleasure to assist my passengers.” Steve has helped others through his... Read more