HIV and AIDS may no longer be headline news, but the virus continues to spread. South Florida has the unfortunate distinction of being one of the regions with the highest rate of new transmissions in the country. Compass is honored to be one of the recipients of funds from The SMART Ride for the fourth year in a row.
The SMART Ride is a two-day, 165-mile fully supported bicycle ride from Miami to Key West that raises funds for seven AIDS service organizations across Florida.
On Nov. 15, hundreds of volunteer cyclists and hundreds more volunteer support crew members will gather at the University of Miami to kick off SMART Ride XVI.
As part of the SMART Ride, Compass staff and volunteers participate in planning for the ride and work as part of the support crew for the riders.
Our Executive Director, Julie Seaver, will be returning to ride again this year along with three of the agency’s board members - Kara Rosa, Marc Pickering, and Michael Woods. For the second time in SMART Ride history, rider registration was closed early, because the maximum of 600 riders has already been reached!
The community is encouraged to participate by attending one of the many fundraisers that will be hosted this fall. These events are hosted by Compass and by participating teams of riders based in Palm Beach County, such as Team Bill Bone, Team Chain Reaction (formerly Roosters Rollers),The Wanderers, and Team Everyday People. Team What What, a new addition to the Palm Beach contingent, currently leads in the standings for funds raised by a single team, with over $100,000!
Funds raised through the SMART Ride help Compass and other deserving organizations provide care and support to people living with HIV, and reach more people with crucial information and guidance in making healthy choices to reduce their risk of acquiring the virus. Check our social media pages for upcoming events, like the at Penny’s at the Duke, on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Miracles come in many forms and last year’s SMART Ride funds to Compass were nothing short of just that: miraculous. This year, Compass was able to fund life-saving surgeries, basic food and toiletries, emergency housing for several families in evacuation zones, and temporary housing for many experiencing homelessness and domestic violence situations.
“The thing I like most about the SMART Ride is that for the week leading up to the ride and during the ride it almost feels like a utopia,” reflects Dylan Brooks, Compass’ HIV Prevention Coordinator and SMART Ride representative. “There’s nothing that divides us, money is no issue, HIV/AIDS doesn’t exist anymore, and, to quote Perks of Being A Wallflower, in that moment we were infinite!”
Visit the SMART Ride website,, or email Dylan Brooks, , on ways to get involved. 100% of funds raised from the ride are distributed to AIDS service organizations operating across Florida.