Smart Ride, an annual two-day 165-mile bicycle ride from Miami to Key West, recently distributed the funds it raised from its event in November to the beneficiaries.
The 2018 ride was the organization’s best year to date in terms of fundraising, with about $1.2 million raised. Since its inception it’s raised about $10.4 million.
“It feels incredible from the standpoint of how much money we’ve raised over the years,” founder Glen Weinzimersaid.
Last year the ride also celebrated 15 years.
The top recipient was AIDS Help of Monroe, which received $171,369.
Here are the rest of the recipients: Pridelines, $139,267; Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Centers, $135,298; Compass, $154,223; Broward House, $160,147; Metro Wellness & Community Centers, $152,256; and Miracle of Love, $132,094.
“Funds raised from The Smart Ride are crucial resources for our Care Coordinators and Support Workers. Every dollar raised can be quickly applied to help our families at the moment they need it most. Our patients never have to make the choice to forego medical care and set back their health,” said Dr. Ana Calderon, Executive Director of CDTC. “The Smart Ride is an amazing resource for the CDTC and the community we serve. The lives of our patients are forever changed and are so much better thanks to the participants’ devotion and dedication to helping those in need and to finding a cure to this devastating disease.”
In addition to the monies above, $117,000 was added to the ride’s 10% Lifeline program. That money will be distributed to various agencies throughout the year that need help.
The next Smart Ride takes place Nov. 16-17. To learn more about the annual bike ride visit TheSmartRide.org.