SMART Ride Fundraiser Kicks Off 2019 Ride

Jesus Ruiz (front) and Jeff Wilson during the 2018 Smart Ride. Photo via Compass GLCC, Facebook

SMART Ride 16 takes place on Nov. 15 and 16. Fundraising efforts for this year’s ride begin on Thursday, February 28. A Night Of Stars is sure to entertain. The evening, hosted by Nicolette and featuring a performance by Michael Dean as Cher, takes place at Lips.

A Night of Stars promises to put the fun in fundraising. Several guest servers will be on hand to help out, among them – Tony Beall, Mark Byrd, Bryan Carstensen, Kevin Daft, Louis Pedraza, and Andy Perrott.  General admission tickets cost $50. 

General admission includes:
• Three-course dinner
• Choice of 4 entrees
• Soda, Iced Tea
• Show Cover
• LIPS team gratuity

VIP tickets cost $75 and include all of the above with preferred seating and adult beverages. Doors open at 7 p.m. and dinner begins at 7:30 p.m.

SMART Ride is a 2-day, 165-Mile bicycle Ride from Miami to Key West. Since 2003, it has raised more than $10 million.  That money has been distributed throughout Florida, making SMART Ride the 2nd largest AIDS bicycle ride in the country and the only one of its size to give back 100 percent.

Participants in the ride come from throughout Florida and locations all over the world to take part in the event. People participate for many reasons including:

  • Having HIV
  • Knowing someone with HIV
  • Losing a loved one to HIV
  • Doing the right thing

Lips is located at 1431 E Oakland Park Boulevard in Oakland Park. For more information, visit

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