BankAtlantic’s “Banker Bikers” to Ride in the “Celebration of Smiles” Charity Motorcycle Ride Benefitting the Chris Evert Children’s Hospital

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – February 23, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – BankAtlantic, Florida’s Most Convenient Bank, announced today that BankAtlantic’s “Banker Bikers” will ride in the Big Bike Riders Children’s Foundation “Celebration of Smiles” Charity Motorcycle Ride benefitting the Broward Health Chris Evert Children’s Hospital.

“The ‘Celebration of Smiles’ ride has been called the best ride of any in South Florida by many participants, and it’s a great cause for kids!” commented Ronnie Catronio, Chairman and Executive Director of the Big Bike Riders Children’s Foundation. “Whether you ride your motorcycle in the charity ride, attend the festivities, or both, there will be a tremendous amount of fun and activities for everyone. And, it’s all for a very good cause – putting smiles on kids’ faces.”

Upwards of 1,000 motorcycle riders are anticipated to ride in the fourth annual “Celebration of Smiles” charity ride and thousands of attendees will enjoy great food, three live bands, a huge vendor mall, motorcycle drill team performances, stunt performances, and bike-builder displays. Further, the event activities includes a giant pre-event at the Broward Health Chris Evert Children’s Hospital with free breakfast, music, vendors, and presentations by city and hospital officials.

“In 2010, the ‘Celebration of Smiles’ charity ride raised close to $13,000 for the renovation and expansion of Chris Evert Children’s Hospital. We are very pleased that the ‘Banker Bikers’, employees of BankAtlantic, are riding in support of this important charity,” commented Brian Smith, BankAtlantic’s Chief Information Security Officer. “We hope to see bikers from all around the state riding in the ‘Celebration of Smiles’ charity ride.”

The opening ceremony, breakfast and registration begin at the Chris Evert Children’s Hospital located at 1600 South Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, at 7:30 a.m. on March 20, 2011. The 61-mile charity ride, fully escorted by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, starts at 10 a.m. at the Chris Evert Children’s Hospital and ends at Bru’s Room Sports Grill in Coral Springs.

  • To purchase motorcycle rider tickets online, please visit http://bbrcf.com/2011/01/253/
  • For vendor information, please call (954) 868-2113, or email prowindo@aol.com
  • For additional “Celebration of Smiles” Charity Motorcycle Ride information, please call (954) 346-3343

“What gets bankers and bikers excited? Helping kids in our community is what it’s all about! And motorcyclists in the ‘Celebration of Smiles’ Charity Ride will enjoy a 61-mile east to west ride through Broward County, which is one of the best places in the country to ride. This is a ‘must do’ event for all bikers,” said Patrick Jeanjumeau, BankAtlantic’s Supervisor of Information Security.

About the Big Bike Riders Children’s Foundation: The Big Bike Riders Children’s Foundation (the “B.B.R.C.F.”) is a Coral Springs based foundation and 501 (C) (3) Non-Profit. We dedicate ourselves to raising funds and in-kind donations for children less fortunate in our South Florida communities and to make a positive difference in the lives of our special children and their families. Throughout the year the B.B.R.C.F. plans and implements rides and events that benefit the children we serve which can be as simple as a hospital visit, offering rides to the kids on our motorcycles, to fund raising events and charity drives including our annual “Celebration of Smiles” charity ride, “Easter Basket” and ‘Toy Drive.” Overall, at the B.B.R.C.F., we love to ride our motorcycles, logging “Smiles Miles” and helping children in our communities. To learn more, volunteer, or donate, please call (954) 346-3343, email smiles@BikersCare4Kids.org, or visit www.BikersCare4Kids.org or http://bbrcf.com/ , or write B.B.R.C.F., P.O. Box 9663, Coral Springs, FL 33075.

About Broward Health: Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information visit www.browardhealth.org.

About BankAtlantic:

BankAtlantic, Florida’s Most Convenient Bank, is one of the largest financial institutions headquartered in Florida. BankAtlantic was rated as having the “Highest in Customer Satisfaction in Florida for Retail Banking” based on the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Retail Banking Satisfaction Study™. Via its broad network of community branches and conveniently located ATMs, BankAtlantic provides a full line of personal, small business and commercial banking products and services. BankAtlantic is open 7 days a week and offers extended weekday hours, Online Banking & Bill Pay, a 7-Day Customer Service Center, Change Exchange coin counters, as well as retail and business checking accounts. Member FDIC. For further information, please visit www.BankAtlantic.com

BankAtlantic Bancorp (NYSE: BBX) is a bank holding company and the parent company of BankAtlantic. For further information, please visit www.BankAtlanticBancorp.com

Except for historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. Actual results, performance, or achievements could differ materially from those contemplated, expressed, or implied by the forward-looking statements contained herein. The Company cautions that the foregoing factors are not exclusive.

Further, BankAtlantic received the highest numerical score among retail banks in Florida in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Retail Banking Satisfaction StudySM. Study based on 47,673 total responses measuring 9 providers in Florida and measures opinions of consumers with their primary banking provider. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed in January 2010. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.

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