Big Hearts Celebration

WAY_0006November 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.

Third Annual Celebration of Smiles

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.

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.

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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.”

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.