July 01, 2009 - Fort Lauderdale Bus Loop Raises $13,000 for Five Local Charities
What: Bus Loop
Where: 17th Street Causeway and the Beach, Ft. Lauderdale
When: Friday, June 19, 2009
Beneficiary: The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Young Professionals for Covenant House, Riverwalk Trust, Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation & Broward County Gator Club Charities
Co-Chair(s): John Haley
Sponsors: MAJOR SPONSORS: Kind Design Advertising, Outhouse Advertising, New Times & Sun-Sentinel - CONTRIBUTORS: China Grill, Hyatt Regency Pier 66, Exit 66, Quarterdeck's, Bimini Boatyard, Grumpy Gators, Southport Raw Bar, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Cafe Del Mar & Lulu's Bait Shack
Attendance: 1100 +
Blacktie Photos by: Ginny Fujino and some photos submitted
Mike Walkcott, Rhonda Bevan, Molly Murphy, Mandy Vincent, Laura Grilla & Brad Allen
Fort Lauderdale Bus Loop Raises $13,000 for Five Local Charities
Five local charities partnered up for the sixth Fort Lauderdale Bus Loop, a fundraiser involving local trolley systems and ten local bars and restaurants traversing the City of Fort Lauderdale, on Friday, June 19, 2009. This was the first time the Bus Loop used 17th Street route, which included venues along 17th Street Causeway and Fort Lauderdale Beach. This event has raised more than $86,000 for The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Young Professionals for Covenant House, Riverwalk Trust, Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation and the Broward County Gator Club Charities.
Approximately 1,100 attendees enjoyed a free cocktail from each of the participating venues that included China Grill, Hyatt Regency Pier 66, Exit 66, Quarterdeck’s, Bimini Boatyard, Grumpy Gators, Southport Raw Bar, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Cafe Del Mar and LuLu's Bait Shack.
The last Bus Loop, which took place in March, was a huge success with approximately 1,200 guests. Additional trolleys have been added to the route with improved bus service to make transportation easier and more participant-friendly.
Major sponsors included Kind Design Advertising, Outhouse Advertising, New Times and Sun-Sentinel.
The next Fort Lauderdale Bus Loop will be on August 28, 2009. For more information, call (954) 574-6000, or visit the website at www.BusLoop.org.
About the Charities:
The Broward County Gator Club® is an affiliate of the University of Florida Alumni Association and a 501(c)3 not for profit organization. The Broward County Gator Club® exists to support the mission of both the Alumni Association and the University of Florida. Gator Clubs® have similar goals, but each club is unique and strives to meet the needs of members in a specific area. Many Clubs® offer a wide range of programming that includes cultural, academic, athletic and recreational activities. The General Scholarship Fund is the priority for The Broward County Gator Club®. Each year, The Broward County Gator Club® awards $10,000 in scholarships to outstanding Broward County high school students attending their first year at The University of Florida. Please visit the Broward County Gator Club on the Web at www.browardcountygatorclub.com. Join the Gator Nation at www.ufalumni.ufl.edu. A BLACKTIE-SOUTHFLORIDA MEMBER
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the leading organization devoted to curing and controlling Cystic Fibrosis (CF). CF is a genetic disease that can lead to life-threatening lung infections and digestive problems. CF affects approximately 30,000 children and adults in the United States. Currently, there is no cure but through aggressive research efforts, the median age of survival has risen to 36.8 years. Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., the Foundation funds CF research, has more than 80 chapter and branch offices throughout the country, and supports and accredits a nationwide network of CF care centers, which provide vital treatments and other CF resources to patients and families. For more information, visit www.cff.org, or call (954) 739-5006. A BLACKTIE-SOUTHFLORIDA MEMBER.
The Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation provides financial assistance for underprivileged children fighting cancer. As advocates, we help raise additional funds through media partnerships to ensure ill children maintain access to basic human necessities during times of crisis. JJCCF’s direct and tangible assistance becomes vital to the survival of these children while they receive cancer treatment. For more information visit www.JJCCF.org, or call (954)593-5603. A BLACKTIE-SOUTHFLORIDA MEMBER.
Riverwalk Trust serves as the catalyst in building and nurturing Riverwalk as a vibrant community connected by the New River and accomplishes this mission through advocacy on behalf of the Riverwalk Park, communication through its Website and Go Riverwalk magazine, its diverse offerings of events and its membership activities. Riverwalk Trust is currently pursuing projects to enhance and protect the integrity of the Riverwalk community, such as design guidelines for thoughtful development, funding for capital improvements and park enhancements, park programming and sustainability, management and final completion. For more information on Riverwalk Trust, visit www.GoRiverwalk.com, or call (954) 468-1541. A BLACKTIE-SOUTHFLORIDA MEMBER
Young Professionals for Covenant House is a dedicated group of adults between the ages of 21-45 helping to raise money and increase awareness for Covenant House Florida by hosting socials and special events in the South Florida area. Covenant House Florida serves runaway, homeless and at-risk youths under 21 including teen parents and their babies. For more information about Covenant House Florida, visit www.youngpros.net, or call (954) 568-7916.