Venture Construction Group of Florida sponsors endurance event to defeat ALS
TAMPA, FL– Venture Construction Group of Florida sponsored the sixth annual Ride. Run. Roll. To Defeat ALS on November 7 to raise funds for ALS research. The one-day event provided endurance options for all athletic levels; a 65-mile challenge that included a 5k run/walk and a 62-mile bike ride; a 28-mile challenge that included a 5k run/ walk and a 25-mile bike ride; and a 1-mile Family Fun Ride. The event kicked off at 7 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Harbourside at 401 2nd Street, Indian Rocks Beach. There were nearly 300 registered participants from Florida as well as Colorado, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington. The ALS Association Florida Chapter is accepting donations through December 6, 2015. Their goal is to raise $250,000; current monies raised total $184,712. Donate and learn more at web.alsa.org/RideFlorida.
The ALS Association Florida Chapter provided participant support from start to finish including rest stops stocked with water and snacks, bike mechanics to help with any necessary repairs along the way, safety crews, and SAG vehicles. Celebratory finish line activities included cheering crowds, community members and business supporters, entertainment, complimentary massages, and a party at Holiday Inn Harbourside with lunch and refreshments.
“Events like these are great opportunities to help spread awareness and raise the funds we need to continue our mission: to lead the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and advocacy while providing people living with ALS here in Florida the compassionate care and support they so desperately need,” says Kim Hanna, President and CEO of The ALS Association Florida Chapter. “It was a fantastic day to honor and support all who have and continue to bravely fight Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”
According to The ALS Association Florida Chapter, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that slowly robs a person of the ability to walk, speak, swallow and, eventually breathe. With no known cause or cure, a person can expect to live typically 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis. ALS has no racial, ethnic or socioeconomic boundaries and in only 10% of cases there is a family history of ALS. Today, there are approximately 30,000 people in the US living with ALS and 5,600 people are diagnosed each and every year in the US.
“Philanthropic giving is an absolute must. My dad was diagnosed with ALS in 2010 and passed away in 2012. His favorite phrase was ‘attitude determines altitude’. When he was diagnosed, he carried the mindset of a warrior and vowed to beat the disease. I’m determined to carry that torch and help others with support during their journey,” says Steve Shanton, president of Venture Construction Group of Florida.
A major supporter of ALS research, Venture Construction Group of Florida sponsors numerous charitable events throughout the country, including the ALS Therapy Development Institutes A White Coat Affair on November 14, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts; the Ride to Defeat ALS in Tampa, Florida on November 7, 2015; the Walk to Defeat ALS in Miami-Dade county on September 26, 2015; the ALS Classic Golf Tournament on September 9, 2015 in Greater Chicago, Illinois; the ALS Express-Ride to Defeat ALS in New Jersey on May 30, 2015; the Fiesta 5K Run for ALS Research in Baltimore, Maryland on May 2, 2015; the Walk to Defeat ALS in West Palm Beach, Florida on March 21, 2015.
Philanthropist and CEO Steve Shanton national advocate for research and support Giving back to philanthropic charities and helping others is an integral part of the company’s mission. In addition to providing construction, renovation and restoration services nationwide, Venture Construction Group of Florida helps property owners recover quickly after storm events such as hail, tornadoes, hurricanes, wind, fire and flood.
About The ALS Association Florida Chapter
The ALS Association Florida Chapter offers care to ALS patients living in Florida and funds research to find the cause and cure for ALS. We are part of a nationwide network of local chapters with the same vision – a world without ALS. Through care, advocacy, research, education and support, we work to empower those with ALS to live fuller lives. Every year, we invest millions of dollars in research conducted by the best and brightest scientists in the world. As the only national not-for-profit health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS, we give help and hope to those facing a devastating disease.
For more information, visit www.ALSAFL.org.
About Venture Construction Group of Florida
Venture Construction Group of Florida is a leader in residential and commercial construction, renovations, insurance restoration, storm damage repairs, and 24/7 emergency services throughout the state of Florida. We are a full-service general contractor and assist residential and commercial property owners with all of your construction and restoration needs. Operational excellence is our mission in every project we undertake, and we pride ourselves on providing exceptional customer service. Venture Construction Group of Florida is proud to be an exclusive certified National Storm Damage Center preferred contractor, a certified contractor with the National Insurance Restoration Council, and a member of the United Association of Storm Restoration Contractors. Founded in 1998, Venture Construction Group of Florida services commercial and residential properties throughout the state. For more information call 866-459-8351 or visit us online at www.vcgfl.com.
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