Comprehensive AIDS Program of Palm Beach County Inc. Joins the Southern Most HIV/AIDS Ride

April 30, 2010

Comprehensive AIDS Program of Palm Beach County Inc. Joins the Southern Most HIV/AIDS Ride

(West Palm Beach, Fl) Calling all folks with spokes! Dust off your bike, hop in the saddle and join Comprehensive AIDS Program of Palm Beach County Inc., (CAP) for the ride of your life. Take a historic bicycle ride thorough the bustling streets of Miami, over the seven mile bridge and roll down Duval Street in the Conch Republic all to benefit a good cause--HIV/AIDS. Join CAP and five other HIV/AIDS agencies across Florida in the SMART Ride 7, November 18-20. The 165 mile bicycle ride from Miami to Key West raises awareness and money for HIV/AIDS agencies in Florida.

“CAP is honored to be selected to represent Palm Beach County in the SMART Ride 7” noted Dr. Rik Pavlescak CAP’s chief program officer and ride volunteer. “All of the expenses of the ride are underwritten by sponsorships, so 100% of the funds raised by riders and crew go directly to services for people living with HIV/AIDS. SMART Ride 6 was CAP’s first year of involvement with this fundraiser. While not a full benefiting agency at that time, we did receive more than $18,800 from that event. We look forward to being a full participant in SMART Ride 7!”

More than $2.2 million dollars has been raised over the past six SMART Rides and 100% has been given back to benefiting agencies. As a benefiting agency, CAP will receive a shared portion of funds raised, plus whatever funds are designated for CAP by riders and crew. CAP is working now to pull together a Ride Committee to recruit riders and crew and to educate Palm Beach County about the ride.

“Because of the efforts of our riders, crew, sponsors and donors, thousands of individuals across the State of Florida are receiving direct HIV/AIDS services they need.” said David Spacht, SMART Ride director.

Speedsters and cruisers alike are encouraged to join the ride and feel a sense of accomplishment when crossing the finish line that can only be matched by the difference they’ll be making in the lives of people affected by HIV/AIDS. People from all walks of life, ranging in age from 18 to over 70, participate in this fully supported ride. It is important to note that this is not a race. There are local training rides to help prepare riders for the 165 mile, 2-day ride. Riders from across the country are welcome to participate and the ride is designed to allow riders of all degrees of experience to participate.

CAP provides and promotes education, advocacy and compassion to individuals and
families infected and affected by HIV and AIDS through case management, prevention and other support services. CAP works throughout Palm Beach County to provide housing assistance, food, transportation, mental health counseling and emergency assistance to clients and families living with HIV/AIDS.

Since its inception in 1985, CAP has provided educational services to more than 250,000 people in a variety of settings, including prisons, county schools, on the streets in high-risk neighborhoods, in health settings, substance abuse treatment centers, methadone clinics, and others. The local organization has grown into one of the most successful community-based HIV/AIDS service organizations in the nation.

Anyone interested in joining CAP’s ride committee or more information on underwriting and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Dr. Rik Pavlescak at 561-472-2466, ext. 215. For more information on the SMART Ride please visit