jack_seiler_web.jpgFORT LAUDERDALE — More than 1,000 cycling enthusiasts joined world-class cyclist Tom Danielson in the 10th Annual Inlet Challenge Bicycle Ride, presented by Zimmerman Advertising that raised $200,000 for Kids In Distress of Broward and Palm Beach counties.

“Community involvement is part of the fabric of who we are as a company,” said Pat Patregnani, president of Zimmerman Advertising and captain of zMotion. “We could never stand on the sideline, especially when the needs of kids are not being met, so we're part of the ride to make it a better life for them.”

Hosted by Kids In Distress, the at-your-own-pace outdoor scenic ride along A1A from Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach invites cyclists to choose one of four distances: the Century (100 miles), the Metric

Century (62.5 miles), the Half Metric (31 miles) or the Beach Cruiser (15 miles) rides. In addition to the registration fee, each rider made a pledge commitment of a $100 minimum by reaching out to family, friends and various other contacts. The goal was to raise $150,000.

Kids In Distress brings more than 30 years of experience as a nationally accredited, community-supported agency dedicated to the prevention of child abuse, preservation of the family and the care and treatment of abused children in Broward and Palm Beach counties. KID offers a full continuum of care that includes emergency shelters, therapeutic services, abuse prevention, foster care and adoption. 

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler was on hand to welcome cyclists and present a City of Fort Lauderdale proclamation to Danielson.

“We are so appreciative of Zimmerman Advertising, zMotion, Mayor Seiler, Tom Danielson and George Fussel for their support this year,” said Gregory Kurth, CEO and President of Kids In Distress. “It takes $200,000 each year to feed all of the children in our care, so this is certainly a wonderful accomplishment and a terrific way to end the year.”

Among those recognized for their sponsorship contributions in addition to Zimmerman Advertising and zMotion were Dunkin Donuts, Downtown Gym & Bicycles, Stiles Corporation, Gunther Volkswagen, Anidjar & Levine, Quantum Marine, JM Family

Enterprises, PNC Bank, Publix, AT&T, Bank United, American Eagle Airlines and Southern Auto Finance Company.

For more information, visit www.inletchallenge.org or contact Kids In Distress Development Officer Jennifer Homan at 954-390-7654 ext. 1295.

Photo: Jack Seiler