|L to R: Event organizer Peter Heumann (far left), Dean Washington (middle), flanked by eleven UCLA medical student/riders, and Drs. Linda Baum (2nd from right) and Alyssa Ziman (far right).||Event organizer, Peter Heumann with Dr. Eugene Washington, Dean, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA|
|Dean Washington with riders including Joe Torres|
|Dean Washington rides past the Hollywood Chinese Theater||Linda Goss, Recruitment Supervisor at the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center and Dr. Alyssa Ziman, Director, Transfusion Medicine||Paul Colonna, Director of Operations, Clinical Laboratory|
The 2014 Volkswagen City of Angels Fun Ride took place on Sunday, May 4, and began and ended at the Los Angeles Police Academy in Elysian Park. The event was a big success, with riders getting an early start to cover the advanced (62 mile) or recreational (32 mile) rides. The advanced route took riders through Hollywood, into Universal City, and Valley locations including Valley Village and Northridge before heading back through Burbank, the L.A. Zoo and Dodger Stadium.
Over the past three years, rides have raised funds that helped UCLA purchase a much needed, new box truck for their off-site blood drives. The ride is sponsored by Volkswagen and organized by Peter Heumann.
Dean Eugene Washington invited eleven medical students to join him on the 32 mile ride. Congratulations to Clinical Laboratories Director of Operations Paul Colonna and Special Donor Coordinator at the Blood and Platelet Center ("B&PC"), Matt Hoffman, who were among those who braved the advanced ride. Paul was joined by his daughter and sister who participated in the recreational ride. Drs. Linda Baum and her husband, Leland Powell, also rode the recreational ride. Thanks to all event volunteers, including event liaison and B&PC Recruitment Supervisor, Linda Goss, who worked the registration area (starting at 5:45AM!), along with Transfusion Medicine Chief, Alyssa Ziman, who also served as event organizer. Please send your photos and Fun Ride experiences to [email protected].