Blue Card wrote -The Blue Card was established by the German Jewish community in the early 1930s. Initially, the purpose of The Blue Card was to help Jews who were being affected by Nazi persecution through loss of jobs and other forms of oppression. In 1939, The Blue Card was re-organized in the US to continue aiding refugees of Nazi persecution who were resettling in America. After the Holocaust, the mission of the organization was expanded to help survivors of the Shoah from all European countries. Since inception, The Blue Card distributed close to $30 million in direct financial assistance to needy Holocaust survivors living in the United States. This will be our seventh time participating in the TD 5 Boro Bike Tour. Team Blue Card enjoys a thriving endurance program since our first run at the New York City marathon in 2009. Our team has participated in marathons in Miami, Georgia, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and bike tours in New York City. We have been participating at the summer Panasonic New York City Triathlon for the past two years. Our athletes come from all over the world, including; Argentina, France, Israel, Italy, Mexico and South Africa. Our Team received press coverage in the New York Times, The Jewish Week, New Jersey Jewish News, Patch, Daily News, News of New York, NT, NBC Sports, VOA Sport, WABC7, Ripple News, Scoopnest, Blicqer, Klove News and Age Times.