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First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale Hosts Habitat for Humanity Bike Ride to Build 19th Home for a Broward County Family



Fort Lauderdale, FL (February 5, 2015) – On Saturday, February 14, 2015, more than 50 participants will take part in the 3rd Annual Habitat for Humanity Bike Ride. At the finish line of this 25-mile bike ride is a new home for a deserving family in Broward County. Organized by the church’s Habitat for Humanity Mission Partnership Committee, the Bike to Build event will raise funds to help the church construct its 19th home for a Broward family in need.

“Habitat provides a great opportunity to serve the Broward County community,” said Kelley Jackson, Habitat for Humanity Mission Partnership Committee Member. “Since 1983, more than 500 volunteers from First Presbyterian Church have donated their time, talent and treasure to construct 18 homes for families in Broward County through Habitat for Humanity, and we are thankful to be able to continue to give back through this Bike to Build event.”

The ride kicks off at 7:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale, 401 Southeast 15th Avenue, and will continue on a scenic 25-mile route along Las Olas Boulevard and A1A North to Hillsboro Inlet then back along A1A South to Las Olas Boulevard and ending back at the church.

“The ride is open to families and cycling enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels,” said Jackson. “Participants, including families with young children, can choose what portion of the route they would like to ride.”

To register, visit www.firstpres.cc/bikeride.asp and complete the online registration form or download the printable form and submit it on race day. All payments will be accepted at registration on race day. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m.

The church’s Habitat for Humanity Mission Partnership Committee will need to raise $70,000 to begin construction on the home in Broward County. Once the funds are raised, Habitat for Humanity of Broward County, with the help of volunteers, will conduct a family selection process where they determine, based on income and the ability to maintain a mortgage, the family who will receive the 19th home.

First Presbyterian’s 3rd Annual Habitat for Humanity Bike Ride is also sponsored by Draper and Associates, Straticon, Downtown Bicycles, BBI (Burdette Beckmann Inc), and Cabrera Jewelry. To become a sponsor of the 3rd Annual Habitat for Humanity Bike Ride, contact Kelley Jackson at kelley_jackson@comcast.net.

Following the race, the church will offer refreshments and fellowship for participants and their families on the St. Andrews Room Patio between at noon. For more information, contact First Presbyterian’s Habitat for Humanity Mission Partnership Committee at (954) 593-0423 or WrCrv@aol.com.

About First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale

Founded in 1912, First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale is located on the banks of the New River in the historic Colee Hammock neighborhood in downtown Ft. Lauderdale. With more than 1,800 members, and a strong core of volunteers, First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale prides itself in offering something for everyone, regardless of age. Since 1947, First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale has operated Happyland Day School, a pre-school for ages two to Kindergarten that provides a quality Christian environment for the children of the community. Adult, youth and children choirs as well as youth groups offer ample opportunity for fellowship at any age. An Adult Activity Center is open to senior citizens and features weekly lunches, entertainment and monthly bus trips. First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale offers three regular Sunday services as well as special worship services held throughout the year to commemorate significant days. For more information, please visit the website at www.firstpres.cc.