PINELLAS COUNTY - The “Ride and Run With The Stars” event will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at Fort De Soto Park. This event is the largest law enforcement-organized holiday charity fundraiser in the Tampa Bay Area. The goal of the event is to make sure that children and families in need have a joyful holiday season. All money raised will benefit children and families who are economically disadvantaged or who have been victims of crimes.
“Ride And Run With The Stars” has races for all ages and fitness levels, including a 5K chipped race, a 1-mile fun run/walk/skate, a 10K family bike ride and a 25-mile bike ride. Registration for the race includes a short-sleeved logo t-shirt, as well as food and giveaways.
Our K-9 Unit will give a demonstration, and since a sleigh doesn’t travel too well on the sand, Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in a PCSO helicopter, with elves as their ground crew. You can bid on vacations, sports gear, and gift baskets in our silent auction too.
After the event, deputies and other PCSO members act as Santa’s helpers and shop for the sponsored families. Toys and bikes are the most common things kids ask for, but we also help families with the necessities on their wish lists such as clothes and shoes.
“Ride and Run With The Stars” proceeds benefit the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Christmas Sharing Project, which helps crime victims, children, and families through the holidays. In 2021, the Christmas Sharing Project raised $72,000 and provided gifts for 217 families and 539 children in our community.
To register or for more information visit www.rideandrunwiththestars.com
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