Wednesday, May 18, 2011
4th Annual Celebration of Smiles Charity Ride Benefits Chris Evert Children’s Hospital
Fort Lauderdale, FL - Nearly 600 motorcyclists and hundreds of community members rallied for the 4th Annual Celebration of Smiles Charity Ride. The Big Bike Riders Children’s Foundation raised and donated $12,000 for the Broward Health Foundation to benefit Chris Evert Children’s Hospital. Grand Marshalls Glen Rice, NBA All-Star; and U. S. Rep. Allen West, helped kick start the event.
The Celebration of Smiles Ride started at 10 a.m. from Chris Evert Children’s Hospital at Broward General Medical Center, first heading east to the beach, then north to Bru’s Room in Coral Springs. The ride was preceded by an event featuring live music, a light breakfast for all registered riders and acknowledgements from event organizer Ron Catronio, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler and Jamey Thaw, CEO of Broward General Medical Center and Chris Evert Children’s Hospital.
Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputy Ian Doriant briefed riders about the “rules of the road” before beginning the 61 mile ride. BSO Officers provided an escort for the ride to Bru’s Room where participants watched a bike show and listened to music performed by The Southern Rock Society, Hat Trick and The Baker Act.
“My deepest gratitude goes to the Big Bike Riders Children’s Foundation and the Broward Health Foundation for all they have done for Chris Evert Children’s Hospital,” said Thaw. “Each year, this event gets bigger and better thanks to their support and dedication. It’s inspiring to see the community come together for a day of fun to support a wonderful cause.”
Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information, visit www.browardhealth.org.
(L to R): Ron Catronio, president, Big Bike Riders Children's Foundation; Traci Allyn Shur, director of Major Gifts, Broward Health Foundation; Dr. Bruce Hofmann; and Al Reynolds.