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The final SMART Ride ended with a bang, raising $1.4 million for area charities. Looking forward, riders are taking matters into thieir own hands to make sure the tradition can continue -- some way or another.

- Christiana Lilly, Editor


SMART Ride Doles Out $1.4M From Final Ride

By John Hayden

The numbers speak for themselves: 20 rides, thousands of volunteers, over $16 million raised, countless lives helped.

Hunters Nightclub was packed Jan. 14 as riders, leaders of benefitting agencies, and community supporters gathered for one final check presentation. In September, organizers announced this year’s ride would be the last. Founder Glen Weinzimer stood in front of a grateful crowd and announced the final ride raised nearly $1.4 million.

The six main benefitting agencies, which all help people living with HIV/AIDS, each collected record sums, ranging from $204,000 to $285,000. Other agencies, including The Pet Project, were given smaller disbursements that would usually be held back as an “emergency fund” given out during the year. 

“I feel really grateful,” an emotional Weinzimer said after the check presentations. “This community comes together. I’m the guy on the soapbox, but they’re the guys who showed up and raised the money. I just love them.” 

At the end, the grandest of grand totals was announced. Over the life of the event, the SMART Ride raised $16,377,287.68. Every penny, down to that 68th cent, was returned to the community.



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SAT: Wilton Onesie Wonderland

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SUN: Farmers and Artisan Market

Eat, drink and shop local at the MASS District in Fort Lauderdale with Sunnyside Up Market. Plus, mimosas and coffee, pet adoptions, and goods from Farmer Jenn.

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