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Third Annual Tour de Broward Raises $300,000 for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

Pediatric Oncology “Dreams” Unit to Benefit



Miramar, Fl. – More than 2,000 people converged at Miramar Regional Park on Sunday morning, February 26, to cycle, run or walk in support of the pediatric oncology “Dreams” unit at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood. Their combined efforts, as well as those of the 80 sponsors, helped raise $300,000 for the Third Annual ANF Tour De Broward.

Lotsy Dotsy and Frank Sacco

Since the event’s inception in 2010, the ANF Tour de Broward has raised close to $1 million for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. In support of the city-wide event, the Board of Broward County Commissioners also proclaimed February 26, 2012 as Tour de Broward Day.

“We’re proud to say that with everyone’s hard work we reached our goal,” said Al Fernandez, president and CEO of ANF Group, Inc., whose company was the title sponsor while z-Motion served as the presenting sponsor. “We are grateful to this community for embracing this cause, and we hope the ANF Tour de Broward becomes Broward’s main family event in the near future.”

Fernandez has been the Chairman of ANF Tour De Broward for the past three years. Estimates for participants included more than 800 cyclists who participated in the 50K and 100K cycling challenge while the 5K Run drew 500 runners. An additional 700 people participated in the Family Walk and Power of Play Kids’ Zone.

“We deeply appreciate the involvement of the Broward Sheriff’s Office,” Fernandez pointed out. “Their officers were critical in maintaining the safety of our cyclists during the 50K and 100K events.”

To learn more about the event, visit the ANF Tour de Broward website, tourdebroward.com. To see photos from the event or to share your own if you were a participant or sponsor, go to the Tour De Broward Facebook page.

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital opened its 160,000-square-feet freestanding facility in July, 2011, with a host of pediatric specialty services, including oncology, imaging and surgical services, private rooms and a two-story pedestrian bridge that connects it to critical services, such as the Wasie Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Department and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, which are located on the western side of 35th Street.

Tour de Broward Photo Gallery




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