The National Association of Oil Heat Service Managers will raise money for its Oil Heat Cares program with a bicycle ride and walking event, May 15, Hartford, Conn. PM is one of the sponsors of the event, which will be held in conjunction with the group's annual convention, May 14-16.

Participants can choose either a 35- or 15-mile bike ride. A walk also has been added, although at press time, we did not know how many miles were planned.

Participants will be required to pledge a minimum of $100, but can raise more money by getting friends and family to pitch in. The event is being organized by Don Farell, publisher of the Oilheating Journal. He hopes to raise $20,000.

The money will be used to buy equipment for Oil Heat Cares. This two-year-old NAOHSM nonprofit organization helps needy people and organizations replace oil-heating equipment. All the work is done by volunteer contractors at no cost. PM will be publishing a special supplement in April, profiling the contractors and their projects.

For more information on the fundraiser, contact Farell at 973/331-9545 or Judy Garber, executive administrator for NAOHSM, at 888/552-0900.