With another school year coming to a close, what better way to kick-off the summer than with the Jason Taylor Foundation! The Fourth Annual Audi of Pembroke Pines Katina Taylor Spin-a-thon presented by KoRes Realty took place at Midtown Athletic Club Weston on Thursday, June 6, where more than 70 community members, event partners and celebrity guests raised more than $20,000 for the Jason Taylor Foundation and its Jason Taylor Reading Room program. For the fourth consecutive year, Read to Succeed Committee Member and Midtown Athletic Club Weston General Manager Steve Strumpf, opened Midtown’s doors to the Jason Taylor Foundation for an event which has continued to grow and make a tremendous impact on the South Florida community.
Raising funds and awareness for improved education for our community’s youth as well as promoting health and wellness, the event participants joined JTF Vice President, Katina Taylor, for a 99-minute charity ride. Midtown fitness instructors led the way along with live musical stylings from long-time JTF partners, Power Parties. Katina’s husband, Miami Dolphins great and JTF President & Founder, Jason Taylor, was also on hand in support of these efforts. Following the ride, guests were invited to attend an exclusive after-party at Midtown’s newly built M-Café for delicious food and raffle prizes, followed by a check presentation with Katina Taylor, Joe Sparacino of Audi of Pembroke Pines, Carilin Frau of KoRes Realty and Steve Strumpf of Midtown Athletic Club Weston. Jason Taylor & Dwyane Wade autographed jerseys, vacation getaways and Midtown experiences were among the top prizes, but Tamie Newmeyer of Weston took home the grand prize of a Mini Cooper Folding Bike, donated by BMW.
Among the 70 individuals who participated in a 99-minute Spin-a-thon, were Katina’s brother and Miami Dolphins legendary linebacker, Zach Thomas and his wife, Maritza. Joy Taylor, Jason’s younger sister and the Executive Producer of 790 AM 104.3 FM The Ticket’s Hochman and Zaslow Morning Show, enjoyed the ride along with Lauren Tannehill, wife of Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Florida Gator football alumnus and South Florida native, Lawrence Wright, joined the festivities as well.
The originally scheduled Katina Taylor Cardio Camp for Kids was cancelled due to the Tornado Watch and inclement weather in the area. Plans will resume to hold the camp at Midtown again next year, where an estimated 150 kids, ages 6-14, will participate in various stations (ie. tennis, basketball, kids boot camp and games) for a high-energy camp led by Midtown staff and community leaders in physical fitness.