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VPMA to Help Kick Off Phil Across America Ride

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The Virginia Pest Management Association, along with other members of the pest industry, will celebrate the start of Phil Cooper’s trek as he bikes across America to raise money and awareness for MS.

| May 29, 2012

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. — The Virginia Pest Management Association, along with other members of the pest industry, will celebrate the start of Phil Cooper’s trek as he bikes across America to raise money and awareness for MS. VPMA is giving Cooper and his fellow riders a big sendoff on Thursday, May 31, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 pm at the Duke of York Motel in Yorktown, Va. The party is open to members of the pest management industry and their family and friends.

The ride kicks off on Friday, June 1st at 8 am and the pest industry has come out in force in Virginia in support of the ride.  Guest riders are joining in throughout the state and a number of events are planned during the ten days that Phil travels through Virginia.

Dina Richman, FMC, Gary Marcucci, Residex, Rob DiJoseph and Brian Jones of BedBug Central will join Phil at the start and Marcucci will ride for three days.  And as the ride approaches Blacksburg, Va., entomology graduate student Molly Stedfast of Virginia Tech and her friends will join in for three days.

The New Jersey Pest Management Association (NJPMA) has also put on its creative hat and several NJPMA members led by past-President Garry Milsom and President Ralph Citarella will get on their Harleys in support of Cooper.  The ride will begin in NJ and leave on the morning of June 7 and they will then spend the night at a Comfort Inn in Blacksburg, Va.

On the morning of June 8th in Blacksburg, NJPMA will give a big send-off to Phil as he starts day eight of the 60-day journey to California. Members of the industry wishing to join the NJPMA effort can contact NJPMA Past President Garry Milsom, or Executive Director Len Douglen,

“I am so overjoyed that my very own NJ association is traveling all the way to Virginia doing the Harley thing which is really cool.  In New Jersey, we overcome challenges and since my ride comes nowhere near New Jersey the Harley’s are a really neat twist.  I wonder what my fellow riders will think,” Cooper said.  “I also cannot express my gratitude to my Virginia friends, the Lupinis, Kordecks, Elmores, Leonards and the VPMA staff led by Andrea Caron, for creating the kickoff party.  They have been so excited about the sendoff and it just gets me more juiced up.  I hope to see my Virginia friends in full force on May 31.”

The kickoff party planned by the Virginia Pest Management Association has been in planning for weeks with many festivities planned. The hard to miss “Phil Across America RV” will greet everyone as they arrive.  The party begins at 5 pm and will be held in the hotel’s courtyard.  Party goers will enjoy food and beverages while mingling with the other riders making the trip.

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