Walking miles to provide smiles for Broward Children’s Center
Broward Children’s Center’s 10th annual “Miles for Smiles” walkathon will begin at 9 a.m. on Nov. 2 at the Pompano Beach Elks Lodge, 700 NE 10th St., in Pompano Beach. The walk for charity will feature hundreds of walkers as they circle the Pompano Beach Air Park and enjoy pre- and post-event refreshments and entertainment at the Pompano Beach Elks Lodge.
The 10th anniversary of this event is important, as funds raised over the last decade have positively impacted thousands of children and young adults with special health care needs. The support of community philanthropists and local corporations, such as Florida Power & Light Co., Bateman Gordon and Sands Inc., and First Citizens Bank has allowed the center to provide an array of medical, educational, and daily living services designed to ensure each individual is given every opportunity to thrive and succeed.
All proceeds will help Broward Children’s Center, a local nonprofit organization, to provide state of the art, handicap accessible, residential and recreational services to many medically fragile and technologically dependent individuals. These services will promote the health and happiness of these individuals, while maximizing their independence.
“Our community’s support is crucial because the funds raised aid our efforts to nurture and care for some of the most at-risk young people in our community,” said Broward Children’s Center CEO, Marjorie Evans. “We want to make sure they receive the greatest quality of life possible.”
Registration for the event is at 8 a.m., and walk T-shirts will be given to the first 250 registered walkers. Every walker will receive a free gift bag and have the chance to win prizes.
The route will take walkers 4.7 miles around the Pompano Beach Air Park halfway between Atlantic Boulevard and Copans Road. Walking teams, runners, rollerbladers, those with strollers and wheelchair participants are welcome. The walkathon is dog friendly. Drink and snack stations will be provided along the route. As walkers cross the finish line they will be welcomed with live music, food and activities for all ages.
All children under age 10 walk free. Children and young adults who receive services from Broward Children’s Center programs are also free. Additionally, community heroes such as military, fire, police, or EMS personnel will receive a $5 discount off of their registration fee. Pre-register at www.bcckids.org/miles-forsmiles. Registration is $20 in advance; $25 the day of the event.
For 41 years Broward Children’s Center has been a haven for infants, children and young adults with special needs and medically complex conditions between the ages of birth and 21 years. The private nonprofit’s mission is to provide a continuum of care, including a broad range of support and quality of life advocacy for our service population and their families.
For information on how to sign up and help local youth, contact Melissa Lane at 954-299-5012 or email@example.com.
Jacqui Mogavero, left, with sons Nick and Drew
Lakia D. was a first-place winner in the 2012 walkathon.
Jason enjoys the bubble station at last year’s event