Published On: Wed, Feb 27th, 2019

Loop for Literacy raises more than $75,000 for Literacy Coalition of PBC, draws many from Boca Raton

Margaret Blume, Louis Vilardo, Len Gray, Renee McCabe-Johnson, Larry Katz, John Fitzgerald

Boca Raton, FL – More than 300 people biked, ran and walked in the Loop for Literacy to raise more than $75,000 for the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County.

The event was held at Bryant Park in Lake Worth. Cyclists rode along Flagler Drive to Manatee Lagoon and looped back to complete a 24-mile ride.

Runners and walkers from throughout the county, including Boca Raton, took part in a 5K course through the Bryant Park neighborhood and along the intracoastal.

Scott Karp was the first to cross the finish line in the bike ride.

Gabrielle Hesslau was the women’s overall winner in the 5K, while Nick Panzo clinched the men’s overall top spot.

Even the little ones got in on the action with a 100-yard dash and 1-mile fun run.

The top fundraising team was the Runway Runners from the Boca Raton Airport, led by Clara Bennett. The team raised more than $1,800 for the Coalition.

Joe Grant and Larry Katz, both of Boca Raton, co-chaired the event.

The Coalition offers countywide programs that provide literacy skills to children, adults and families.

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