A New Year's Message



"Those who possess the courage to stand apart, gain a rare perspective" 

Last Monday, a Ferrari came soaring past the test track's checkered flags flapping at the finish line. As the bright red sports car rumbled to a stop, the passenger door opened accompanied by a shout of pure joy heard over the sound of the engine, "I just rode in a Ferrari! This is the best day of my life!'' said a boy as he was unbuckled from his seat. 

We don't know his whole story, but I can tell you that he is 11-years old, having just completed a chemo session in his fight with cancer. He had come to the raceway to experience his dream thanks to "Ride 2 Revive", a charity I hold dear in my heart. 

His face, so full of excitement and happiness for those few minutes was such a powerful reminder to me how truly fortunate we are. As we ready to welcome the new year, my wish is that no matter the obstacles, we remember throughout the coming new year to approach life with the same joy and unbridled enthusiasm that the smiling young man shouted out to the world! 

While we do our best to be prepared, we know life is not always joyful. This past year we all lived through some challenges: An onslaught of natural disasters, a country politically divided like few times in our history and the loss of many legendary people who touched our lives.

Alongside these trials and tribulations, we are also enjoying a period of economic prosperity that offers possibilities with markets hitting all-time highs and very low unemployment numbers. In this new year., let's look at both opportunities and challenges with a fresh perspective.

We must accept both, testing our abilities. for that Is how we grow. When we approach challenges as opportunities we can truly achieve the amazing! Changing how we approach situations - adjusting our perspective - can absolutely manifest reality.

As we enjoy these waning days of 2017 with our families, whether cooking in the kitchen, decorating the house, shopping for gifts., and savoring the many activities that make this season feel so magical., consider and contemplate how special each life and moment is. Be present. Open your heart and mind to life"s challenges and embrace the opportunities. That boy doesn't ride in a Ferrari every day, but he knows every day is a gift to be appreciated with all it brings.

So, it is with much love and appreciation that I sincerely thank you for being part of my life and for your trust and partnership with Amida this past year. It is an honor helping you find the perspective you need to realize the life you desire and I enthusiastically look forward to continuing our journey together. 

With much love, 

Ana Ramos

Founding & Managing Partner


Amida Wealth Advisors LLC is an independent firm with securities offered through Summit Brokerage Services Inc., Member FINRA, SPIC. Advisory services offered through Summit Financial Group Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor.

Hi Val (Executive Director),

I wanted to take a moment to thank you and everyone else who was involved in making yesterday's event such a success. I can't imagine the planning and organization that goes into making that happen every year, and I can't thank you enough for allowing me to be a part of it. Seeing the smiles on those kids faces was an experience I will never be able to explain.

Again, thank you for the opportunity and I look forward to helping out with any events in the future. 

All the best,

AJ | Volunteer Driver

Dear Ride2Revive,

I wanted to say Thank You!!!

Yesterday was an amazing event. I could not stop thinking about the kids and the smiles that were created by Ride2Revive. I think Christa (one of the kids) said it well for the kids “This is one of the BEST days of my life!”

The energy surrounding the entire event and everyone in attendance, was uplifting and so very generous. I had many kids ask when the next one is and they have already given me their RSVP. Please let me know what else I can do to help out. Otherwise I will wait to hear from you and see you a few short months.

I look forward to seeing the pictures.
Thank you for including Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, thank you for the fantastic event, and for all you do to make these events possible.


Michelle Barone | Director of Patient & Family-Centered Care at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital

I can’t even begin to express how insane yesterday’s event was.  The entire time I was overwhelmed with excitement and I cannot stop thinking about the amazing experience I had with my dad and best friend, Nachi Engelhardt.  Over the past year I have experienced something that no young adult should ever have to go through.  It has been very hard at times and going through 2 surgeries and rounds of chemotherapy is something no one should experience.  I was down and at the lowest point in my life.  But this past week, ever since my dad told me about the Gotham Dream Tour, it had a huge impact on me.  Even more special than the experience to drive a number of my favorite dream cars, was learning that there are people like you who take such enjoyment in helping people.  Especially when it appears that there’s no light at the end of the tunnel.  I truly appreciate everything you have done for me and I hope this will be a start of a long and wonderful relationship.

Joseph Rothenberg