July Volunteers of the Month: The Polashenski-Delp Family

On June 20th we held the sixth annual Ride for Pride, and this month we’d like to honor one of the families that makes this special event possible by awarding them Volunteer Family of the Month. It is our great pleasure to announce the Polashenski/Delp family as Volunteers of the Month for July 2015. The Polashenski family home has been an official rest and food stop for Ride for Pride throughout all six years, and their contributions to the Ride have been indispensable.

The Polashenksi/Delp family has five members: Pam & Walter Polashenski, their daughters Maya, Ana and Tallis, and Pam’s mother, Sue Delp. Pam is the co-founder of Ride for Pride, and has ridden in each Ride since its beginning. Cumulatively, Pam has raised over $10,000 for the agency. She has also volunteered at Rochester Pride since 2008, as well as participating in the “Who’s Who Panel” for our Speakers Bureau. Walter has contributed to the ride by preparing and serving his delicious home-cooked food to all of our hungry riders, assisted by his daughter Tallis. Ana has supported the ride for four years, once as a rest stop assistant, one year as a rider, and two as the “sag wagon” driver, and her sister Mya has been a cyclist and fundraiser for four of the past six Rides for Pride. Pam and Walters youngest daughter, Tallis, has supported Ride for Pride for all six years, spending four of those years supporting her father in the kitchen, and two of those years driving the “sag wagon” to assist struggling riders.

The Polashenski family comes from Albany, Syracuse, and Rochester, NY: Pam grew up in Albany and came to Rochester in 1987 to attend UR, while Walter came to Rochester to attend UR in 1985. Both Pam and Walter are physicians at Rochester General Hospital. Pam is a fan of cycling, working out and volleyball, and Walter enjoys gardening, reading, and cooking. Their daughter Mya is a student at NYU where she’s majoring in nutrition and premed studies and her sister Anastasia is studying Music Education and saxophone at Nazareth College. Their youngest daughter, Tallis, is a recent graduate of Palmyra Macedon High School where she was salutatorian, and will be attending UR in the fall majoring in Digital Media Studies. Sue Delp, Pam’s mother, is retired but remains active volunteering with the Red Cross and her church, in addition to her contributions to Ride for Pride and the Gay Alliance.

The Polashenski Family has contributed so much to the Gay Alliance over the years, and we are truly grateful to them for their hospitality, energy, and support. They are all passionate straight allies who embody the way allies can be involved in working to eliminate the discrimination and inequality faced by LGBTQ people today. Jeanne Gainsburg, Ride for Pride Coordinator says, “I can’t imagine running this fundraiser without the support of the Polashenski/Delp family. They have been so incredibly generous with their time and money. Three generations of family members fully supporting the mission and goals of the Gay Alliance is true awesomeness!”