Naples, FL – May 3, 2018– Two new directors have been elected to the Board of Directors of the Pan-Florida Challenge, a local 501(c)(3) non-profit that feeds chronically hungry children PFC Power Packs, TM weekend backpack meals for elementary school aged children. PFC raises funds, in part, by staging charity bike rides in Naples and across Florida.
The new directors are Kelly Assaad, a long-time volunteer and child advocate, and Craig Manchen, a 4-time Pan-Florida Challenge cyclist, team captain, and top fundraiser.
Assaad is a full-time homemaker, who is passionate about children as evidenced by her work helping to facilitate our weekend backpack feeding program. She opens her home in Naples, FL each year to raise funds for the Pan-Florida Challenge Ride for Hungry Kids. Kelly supports programs at the school attended by her 9-year old twins. Kelly attended the University of South Alabama. She worked in administration and marketing for Ruby Tuesday at offices in Mobile and Tampa. She later worked for First National Bank in the wealth management department. Kelly is married to veteran PFC cyclist Mike Assaad, owner of PFC sponsor Waterside Builders.
Manchen, is a retired business owner originally from Cleveland, Ohio. He is a talented cyclist, having won four Florida State Championships and a national title in the 40k road race at the 2015 Senior National Games. He is President of the Naples Pathways Coalition, a Naples-based advocacy group devoted to creating “Safe, Bike-able, Walk-able Communities in Collier County.” Manchen also is a member of the steering committee of the VeloSano Bike to Cure Cancer cycling event, one of the largest and most successful charity bicycling events in the world. He holds a BS in marketing and an MBA from Ohio University.
Also serving on the Pan-Florida Challenge Board of Directors are Ed Mullen, Founder and Chairman, Joe Bradley, Jim Gula, Board Member, Sue Mullen, Board Member, Robert Vigorito, Ride Director and Board Member
“Kelly Assaad has been a major fundraiser and supporter of the Pan-Florida Challenge for several years, even opening her home to help feed hungry children across the state. Along with her husband Mike Assaad, who has participated in the PFC Challenge for four years as a rider and sponsor, Kelly has contributed in countless ways to the success of Pan-Florida Challenge and I look forward to the many contributions I know she will make in the future,“ Mullen said.
“Craig Manchen has been a key supporter of the Pan-Florida Challenge” said PFC Founder and Board Chairman Ed Mullen. “His energy, ideas, and inspiration have helped us provide millions of meals to Florida children and he will be a fantastic addition to our board.” Manchen and his Hunger Busters cycling team received the 2018 Pan-Florida Challenge Peloton Award given to the cycling team with the greatest number of new riders.
The Pan-Florida Challenge Ride for Hungry Kids Presented by La Colmar Bakery & Bistro features six Florida bicycle rides that raise money to feed local Florida children. PFC gives children proprietary PFC Power Packs TM with 13 meals that meet or exceed USDA recommendations for elementary school children. Kids receive PFC Power Packs TM at the end of school each Friday throughout the school year. Pan-Florida Challenge riders raise funds for the PFC school feeding program with 100 percent of rider raised funds going directly to feed hungry children.