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Berkowitz Pollack Brant CEO Richard A. Berkowitz Elected Chair of DCC V

Posted on February 27, 2014

Event has raised almost $7 million for cancer research; moves to February 7-8, 2015

Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach FL – The Dolphins Cycling Challenge Board of Directors announced today that the fifth annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge (DCC) will be held on February 7-8, 2015. Previously held in November each year, DCC V will be moved permanently to the weekend after the Super Bowl. The Dolphins Cycling Challenge is a two-day, tri-county cycling event dedicated to raising funds for lifesaving cancer research. This major community initiative is a collaborative effort between the Miami Dolphins and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, with 100% of the rider-raised funds going directly to fund critical cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Since its launch in 2010, the Dolphins Cycling Challenge has raised almost $7 million.

“We are excited about the upcoming fifth annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge and the move to February 2015,” said Dolphins Cycling Challenge CEO Michael Mandich. “The new date allows us to ensure a stadium finish for both days, plan new activities during 2014 and receive additional support from the Miami Dolphins for this important event for cancer research.”

In addition, the Executive Committee elected Richard Berkowitz, CEO of Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants, chairman of DCC V. Miami Dolphins CEO Tom Garfinkel was elected chair-elect for DCC VI.

“I am extremely passionate about fighting and winning the battle against the plague of our generation, cancer. Every dollar raised by DCC riders funds research to fight cancer in our South Florida community,” said newly elected Chairman, Richard Berkowitz. “I am honored to work with the Miami Dolphins and the University of Miami to raise funds to pay South Florida doctors and researchers to develop protocols and methodologies to help cure cancer.”

Berkowitz is a founding Dolphins Cycling Challenge board member who has participated in the event since its inception in 2010. Berkowitz has raised over $600,000 as a 25 year rider in the Pan Mass Challenge which has raised over $420 million for the Dana Farber Cancer Center in Boston.

He is the founder and CEO of one of the largest advisory and accounting firms in South Florida and one of the 100 largest firms in the country. He also serves as chairman of the board of Provenance Wealth Advisors. Among his many community endeavors, Berkowitz is past chair of the state board of Take Stock in Children, past chair of the Community Foundation of Broward and is involved with the University of Miami, Fisher Island Finance Committee, Greater Miami Jewish Federation and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Tom Garfinkel is President and CEO of the Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium, a position he accepted in September 2013. He rode both days of this past year’s Dolphins Cycling Challenge and has maintained the organization’s commitment to this important community event. Garfinkel previously held executive positions with the San Diego Padres, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Chip Ganassi Racing Team. He has also held corporate positions with Texaco and Miller Brewing Company.

Registration for DCC V will open on May 1, 2014. For more information, visit