SMILES Planning Team

IMG_5091Broward Health Foundation and Big Bike Riders Children’s Foundation team up to make it a special CELEBRATION OF SMILES event.

November 29, 2010 – Members of BHF and BBRA have worked together since the the fall of 2007 in planning the 2nd Annual Celebration of Smiles. “We wanted to make SMILES an annual ride so we had to execute the 2nd annual event earlier to get the time slot of first quarter of each year,” said Ron Catronio, Co-Founder of BBRCF.

The team decided to select March 8, 2009 to present our ride. Each year SMILES will grow and we are poised to have a great time of year with cooler weather.

We have partnered with Al Lamberti and the Broward Sheriff’s office to provide the escort for the the ride. This year we have a 52-mile ride planned. Sgt. Pete Geary of BSO has planned a fabulous ride that leaves Chris Evert Children’s Hospital and heads east to west Broward County. The ride will end at Wetz Pub in Sunrise with a fabulous party following what we expect to be one of the all-time best escorted rides ever in our area!

BBRCF Show Big Hearts

WAY_0018November 29th, 2010 – The event began at Chris Evert Children’s Hospital in Fort Lauderdale where participants were welcomed by Ron Catronio, co-founder/chairman of the Big Bike Riders Children’s Foundation.

Other speakers included Michael S. Long, vice president of the Broward Health Foundation and James Thaw, chief executive officer of Broward General Medical Center and Chris Evert Children’s Hospital.

Fort Lauderdale Vice Mayor Charlotte Rodstrom also attended the event and presented a proclamation naming March 8, 2009 as Chris Evert Children’s Hospital – Celebration of Smiles Charity Ride Day. The ride ended at Wetz Pub in Sunrise where an estimated 500 attendees were treated to food, music, biker games, and a silent auction.

“The word is quickly spreading throughout our community about the expansion and renovation of the Chris Evert Children’s Hospital,” said Long. “We’re so grateful that Ron Catronio and the Big Bike Riders Children’s Foundation has partnered with us to help improve the lives of our pediatric patients and their families. We look forward to working with the group to grow this event in the years to come.”

Organizations including JM Family Enterprises, The Elvis Presley Estate, Coral Springs Quilters, Chic-fil-A, the Florida Panthers, Miami Dolphins, Caran Art and more donated silent auction items. The Fabulons and Southern Rock Society entertained the crowd with live music, while Chef Joel at Wetz Pub provided a barbeque.

“The hearts of bikers are never bigger than when there are children involved, and let’s face it, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital is the marquee of world-class pediatric health care,” said Catronio. “We are really proud to have established this relationship with Broward Health and the Broward Health Foundation.”

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