BBRCF will once again produce its annual event 4 kids. In 2016 it will be a bit new and different. The event will be held on Hollywood Blvd in Downtown Hollywood on Sunday, February 7th. There will be a Cobra Joe Car Show, A customer Bike Show. Live music with our headliners-The Fabulous Fabulons. An eclectic mix of premium vendors for your shopping pleasure. For the first time we will produce a motorcycle DICE Run along with an AUTO-CROSS. So you can participate at any level. Proceeds will benefit Chris Evert Children’s Hospitals in Fort Lauderdale and Coral Springs.
Big Bike Riders Children’s Foundation wishes to express our gratitude to the entire Peterson’s family and organization, especially, Mr. P, Ace, Drew and Dirk. We were involved in producing the Key West Poker Run Bike Show associated with the Phil Peterson’s Poker Run for the last 11 years. It has been our distinct honor. We could not have had a better run with this absolutely wonderful event supporting great charities. The BBRA/BBRCF crew has varied over the years. Each team member, whether they were a member of BBRA or BBRCF and/or a volunteer, did the most amazing job. It’s quite a task to be on Duval Street in the host sun and high humidity and be able to do it for over 15+ hours. You guys have been great. We could never have done it without so many amazing people. They all knew their efforts would benefit kids and our team gave of themselves unselfishly for 11 years.
Over the years we judged over 1500 entries in over 22 classes. Not an easy task. The bikes were judged fairly by a team of very competent judges. Many were motorcycle enthusiasts with years of riding and knowing what makes a good bike outstanding. Many were builders themselves that offered to take a class and judge it. They did the most amazing job. We judged bikes on up to six various criteria on a 100-point must system. We would have the same judge judge all the bikes in one class so there was consistency in the scoring. The ladies that handled the show registration were absolutely the best. Doing their level best to deal with some bike owners who didn’t even know what they were riding. These ladies would seek out an expert and get their opinion so as not to mis-categorize a bike. The show accounting was truly a big effort so that at the end of the show we had the correct number of entries that matched the money collected. Again, these gals did the most amazing job, especially Kristi and Sandy. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my wife, Maryann. She was with me for all 11 years. At the end of the day she was virtually wiped out. We had our difficulties but charged through them and made a great event even better by being a competent group with one purpose in mind; do a great job and they all did. Thanks to Stuart, my partner, for his help and guidance along with one of our original partners, Christopher. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
To the sales and management staffs at both Peterson’s North and South stores – Thank you. We had a great run. But all good things have to come to an end at some point in time. It has become necessary to turn this event over to a good friend and his organization to carry the torch going forward. We were only the caretakers over the last 11 years. It’s now up to Jorge and Carol Carrasco of Road Rage Magazine to bear that responsibility starting with the 2015 edition. Jorge, Carol and staff will do the show justice and will execute with integrity and honor. I pass this event on to your capable hands and wish you only the best. Thank you and enjoy the event as 1000’s do. Be safe and ride responsibly.
Ron “Ronnie C” Catronio
November 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.”
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.
April 1, 2010
Media Contact: Lisa Davis, 954-712-3980
For Immediate Release
3rd Annual Celebration of Smiles Charity Ride raises money for Broward Health Chris Evert Children’s Hospital
Fort Lauderdale, FL – More than 500 motorcycle riders recently participated in the third annual “Celebration of Smiles” charity ride to benefit Broward Health Chris Evert Children’s Hospital. The 59-mile ride through Broward County, was escorted by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and raised close to $13,000 for the renovation and expansion of Chris Evert Children’s Hospital.
The event began at Chris Evert Children’s Hospital at Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale where participants were welcomed by Ron Catronio, co-founder/chairman of the Big Bike Rider’s Children’s Foundation. Other speakers included Michael S. Long, 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 Mayor Jack Seiler attended the event and presented a proclamation naming March 21, 2010 as Chris Evert Children’s Hospital – Celebration of Smiles Charity Ride Day. The ride ended at Bru’s Room Sports Grill in Coral Springs where close to 1,000 people gathered to eat lunch and enjoy live music by The Fabulons. “On the third Wednesday of each March, these bikers gather to help raise funds and awareness for Chris Evert Children’s Hospital,” said Ron Catronio. “Our hearts are never bigger than when we’re helping kids. We’re especially pleased to partner with the Broward Health Foundation to help our local children.”
Last year, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital treated more than 46,000 children. The renovation and expansion plans will allow for a new expanded children’s-centered emergency department; larger, private rooms for families and their children; a reconstructed neonatology unit and pediatric intensive care unit; and a uniquely designed and constructed women’s services and facilities that will provide for a family-centered experience for new moms and dads.
The Broward Health Foundation is the fundraising arm of Broward Health, one of the ten largest public healthcare systems in the nation. The mission of the Broward Health Foundation is to improve the health of the community by providing resources to promote, support and enhance the programs and initiatives of Broward Health.
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