‘Pedal for People’ charity ride returns to Boca Raton
Reprinted from Sun Sentinel
The cause, “Pedal For People,” is personal to Jeffrey Bovarnick.
Bovarnick, president and director for Kess Creates, Inc., is a nonprofit organization he founded after a childhood friend died from cancer due to blood sugar issues. KESS (Kindness Effects Society and Soul) touches, moves and inspires others to raise money for medical research, charitable giving and humanitarian purposes.
“Cancer and diabetes impact men, women and children throughout our country,” Bovarnick said. “I created ‘Pedal For People’ to raise money to fund unbiased research.
“We intend to help validate medical innovations to beat cancer and diabetes,” he said. “Our 2019 inaugural event was a resounding success, and I am so pleased to be able to carry on our mission.”
Kess will donate money to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation and the Florida Impact Foundation, Inc. to find cancer and diabetes cures.
The second annual “Pedal For People” charity bicycle ride will be Sunday, March 28 at South County Regional Park in Boca Raton.
The ride/walk/run will begin at 7:30 a.m. from South County Regional Park’s Sunset Pavilion, 11200 Park Access Road. The goal of the ride is to raise money to help conduct independent and unbiased research, utilizing the best research facilities to validate scientific and medical innovations.
The organization has created opportunities to treat and beat cancer and diabetes. The first event was in 2019 and didn’t take place last year due to COVID-19. This year’s event will be a 100% socially distanced, safe outdoor event for everyone.
Bovarnick said the event will strictly adhere to all CDC guidelines and is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a safe and wonderful day in the Florida sunshine while supporting its vital mission of giving.
The escorted ride begins at Sunset Pavilion at South County Regional Park west of Boca Raton in which 300 cyclists will participate in a 30-mile or 50-mile course. Food, drinks and entertainment will be provided along the bike/run/walk routes.
Singer/songwriter Mason Pace will be performing live. Pace is a Gibson guitar and Kodak PIXPRO endorsed singer/songwriter and alternative rock musician out of South Florida.
Pace and his band have opened for Cheap Trick and Joan Jett at RockFest in 2017, co-headlined with Ace Frehley and Vince Neil at RockFest in 2018 and recently co-headlined with Ingwie Malmstein, Lita Ford and Foghat at the One Love Bahamas Festival.
The fee for a 5K walk/run is $40 per family, while the 30 or 50-mile has a $60 entry fee. There is also a $25 fee for a safe and scenic 5K walk within the park. A $79 donation will get you a commemorative bike jersey, however, that pledge needs to be made by March 12.
To register for “Pedal For People”, visit pedalforpeople.org. To donate visit pedalforpeople.org/donations/support-pedal-for-people.