Nearly 300 enthusiastic participants helped raise more than $30,000 to support programs and services for people with developmental disabilities during the Ann Storck Center Inaugural All Heart 5K on February 15, 2020 at Nova Southeastern University. The central theme of heart-filled generosity clearly spoke to the South Florida community, including title sponsor Wyndham Destinations and community partner Nova Southeastern University.
“The heart in our logo is a symbol of how deeply we care for the children and adults we serve,” explained Terri Shermett, Ann Storck Center CEO. “The All Heart 5K is an opportunity for the community to join us in opening and giving their hearts to this precious group of people, and we are overwhelmed by the wholehearted response.”
Participants shook off the still of the morning with a warmup from YouFit Health Clubs - Coral Springs, before embarking on the 3.1-mile journey around the NSU campus. After a victorious finish, runners and walkers celebrated with barbecue from Georgia Pig, bagels from Einstein Bros. and nuggets and sweets from Chick-Fil-A. Children had a blast in the Kid Zone, which offered face painting, temporary tattoos and the opportunity to interact with exotic miniature animals thanks to Exotic Animal Parties of Davie.
The concourse featured 12 exhibitor booths comprised of corporate and non-profit partners sharing information and nifty swag. Placement awards were presented to the top 3 finishers in 9 different age groups. Emcee Jason Bank of Jammin' Express Entertainment kept the party lively and in step with the South Florida Cloggers who closed the event.
The inaugural event was generously presented by Wyndham Destinations and hosted by Nova Southeastern University. Other ground floor sponsors and partners included AB Insurance and Risk Management, Chick-Fil-A Davie North, DEX Imaging, Geyer Fuxa Tyler Property Insurance Claim Attorneys, Georgia Pig Barbecue, Gordon Food Service, Gray Robinson Attorneys at Law, Humana, Memorial Healthcare System, Runner’s Depot, Secured Futures, Sinbad Sports, Spirit, Starbucks, Tobias Financial Advisors, Trader Joe's, Tropical Financial Credit Union, Ultimate Software, US Foods, Wawa, Whipple & Co, Whole Foods and YouFit Health Clubs.