The pace of phi­lan­thropy

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Re­cently, run­ners took their place at the start­ing line and headed down a road of com­pas­sion and aware­ness for Florid­i­ans liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties and the or­ga­ni­za­tion that opens the doors of pos­si­bil­i­ties for them - The Able Trust. Hosted by the Re­sort at Singer Is­land, the first an­nual Bridge­buster Chal­lenge, which was run along A1A and over the Blue Heron Cause­way, saw more than 250 par­tic­i­pants. The Re­sort, put on a show en­tic­ing at­ten­dees with ameni­ties.

The event, which was em­ceed by WPBF News An­chor Tif­fany Ken­ney, also had the sup­port of The City of Riviera Beach Mayor Thomas Mas­ters who was in at­ten­dance for the fes­tiv­i­ties. Also in at­ten­dance were Able Trust gala chairs Kelly and Paul Martinelli.

“Both Paul and I have an un­be­liev­able feel­ing of ex­hil­a­ra­tion for The Able Trust’s up­com­ing sea­son; and wit­ness­ing the num­ber of peo­ple here to­day par­tic­i­pat­ing only re­flects that we are not alone in our con­cern for pro­vid­ing all the op­por­tu­ni­ties in the world for stu­dents and adults liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties.” stated Martinelli.

Bring­ing The Able Trust across the fin­ish line and help­ing to re­in­force the im­por­tance of com­mu­nity in­volve­ment was Able Trust Honorary Chair, Don Ch­ester. Ch­ester was rec­og­nized dur­ing the clos­ing cer­e­mony for his tire­less ef­forts on be­half of those liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties by Pres­i­dent and CEO of The Able Trust, Dr. Su­sanne Ho­mant and Able Trust board mem­ber Richard Cole.

Spon­sors in­cluded: Tire King­dom, St. Mary’s Med­i­cal Cen­ter, The Gar­dens Mall, In­Source Inc., NIKE, Saks Fifth Av­enue, Haas Plas­tic Surgery Cen­ter, City of Riviera Beach, Riviera Beach Po­lice Depart­ment and VIVE Mag­a­zine.

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Richard Cole, left, Mayor Mas­ters, Riviera Beach Po­lice Of­fi­cer, Don Ch­ester, Sally Ch­ester and Dr. Su­sanne Ho­mant

Dr. Su­sanne Ho­mant, left, Richard Cole, Fonda Lee and Kelly and Paul Martinelli

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