Orientation offers a chance for team members to get acquainted, learn about people with disabilities and participate in skills assessments, training rides and safety training to prepare them for the life-changing events ahead. Family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend the kick-off; however, it is important that any family or friends planning on coming to Los Angeles understand that orientation is very busy and team members have meetings and training taking up a large portion of their time. Most family and friends take this time to see some of the different sites in Los Angeles. In fact, many team members and their families arrive early to sight-see. Journey of Hope Kick-Off Dinner The 2013 Journey of Hope South Kick-Off Dinner will be hosted by Push America on Friday, June 14. The kick-off dinner will be at the Queen Mary Hotel (1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA). A social hour will be from 5:00-6:00 p.m. with dinner starting at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will be a celebration of the journey that is about to begin as well as a detailed explanation of the next morning's schedule of events. Journey of Hope Kick-OffThe 2013 Journey of Hope South team will depart for Ontario and their first day of cycling on Saturday, June 15. Following a kick-off breakfast at Harry Bridges Memorial Park in Long Beach (next to the Queen Mary), the team will be departing at 8:00 a.m. If you are interested in joining us for breakfast, please arrive at 7:00 a.m. to allow plenty of time to eat and take photos prior to the team's departure.RegistrationThere will be a minimal cost for the kick-off events which will be $25. This will cover the cost of your meal for the kick-off dinner on June 14 and the breakfast on June 15 before the team departs from Long Beach. To register with Push America for kick-off events in the Los Angeles area, please click here.
Hotel AccommodationsThe Queen Mary Hotel has agreed to a group rate for family and friends of Push America for the nights of June 10 to June 15. Rooms will be available for $99 per night for Inside and Standard Staterooms and $109 per night for Deluxe Staterooms. For reservations call (877) 342-0742 and ask for the "Push America Parents" rate. Breakfast is not included and parking is $17 a night for self-parking or $20 a night for valet. This rate is only available until May 10, 2013, so book soon! The hotel will be the location for the kick-off dinner and it is also located next to the kick-off breakfast.If you have any questions about the kick-off events in Los Angeles, please contact Terrie Smith at (980) 318-5380.
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