SAN RAFAEL, Calif. - Feb. 27, 2015 - Trips for Kids (TFK) held its 17th annual "Meet the Mountain Bike Pioneers Bash" last month, Sunday, Feb. 8, at the soonto-opened Marin Museum of Bicycling in Fairfax, Calif. Proceeds from a record 200 attendees raised $3,000 for TFK and the museum. Previously called the "Brews, Bikes and Bucks party," the TFK event was a fundraiser to help the organization with its mission of introducing underserved youth to mountain biking.
"This was our 17th 'Meet the Mountain Bike Pioneers Bash' and the Museum was a perfect venue for it," said TFK founder Marilyn Price. "The nicest part of the evening was that it was like a mountain biker class reunion -- people were able to visit with old friends who they hadn't seen for a long time, and fans of mountain biking were able to meet the pioneers and get their autographs. Without a doubt everyone had a grand time." Mountain biking legends in attendance included Bruce Gordon, Charlie Kelly, Chris Chance, Dave Koski, Denise Caramagno, Don Koski, Jacquie Phelan, James McLean, Jerry Heidenreich, Joe Breeze, John Castellano, Michael Kelley, Otis Guy, Ross Shafer, Scot Nicol, Steve Potts, Tom Ritchey and Wende Cragg to name a few.
Items for the fundraiser included a Jamis Dakota D29 Sport mountain bike donated by Jamis Bicycles, a Marin Bobcat Trail 7.4 mountain bike, a set of wheels donated by Pacenti Cycle Design, signed copies of Charlie Kelly's new book Fat Tire Flyer, and a Koski Bros fork to name a few.Since its inception in 1988, more than 140,500 underserved kids have participated in TFK's programs from Seattle to Nova Scotia, in Israel and in the African Continent in Sierra Leone. Each of TFK's 90 chapters offers programs to meet the needs of the individual communities they serve - offering lessons in confidence building, achievement and environmental awareness through mountain biking.
For more information about Trips for Kids, please go to www.tripsforkids.org, and for information about the Marin Museum of Bicycling, visit mmbhof.org.
Top Row left to right: Scot Nicol, Otis Guy, Steve Potts, Chris Chance, Denise Caramagno, James McLean, Bruce Gordon
Second Row: Charlie Kelly, Dave Koski, Don Koski, John Castellano, Michael Kelley, Wende Cragg, Ross Shafer, Marilyn Price, Joe Breeze, Jerry Heidenreich
Bottom Row: Jacquie Phelan, John Price Jeffris
Photo credit: Visalli Photographics
ABOUT TRIPS FOR KIDS
Trips For Kids, a national 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, gives underserved youth a chance to experience the joy and challenge of mountain biking, while learning valuable life skills and an appreciation for the outdoors. There are currently 90 Trips For Kids chapters across the United Stated, Canada, and in Israel and Africa, which serve more than 14,000 deserving kids each year. For more information, please visit www.tripsforkids.org.
ABOUT THE MARIN MUSEUM OF BICYCLING
The Marin Museum of Bicycling is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose goal is to educate the public and expand appreciation of bicycling through displays and programs on bicycle history, art and culture. As a bicycle cultural center, Marin Museum of Bicycling promotes bicycling as a way of life for fun, fitness, sustainability and sport. The museum displays bicycles from the earliest days to the present. MMB provides the Marin County bicycle community with lectures, movies, and live TV coverage of events worldwide, and serves as a meeting place for bicycle clubs and enthusiasts. For more information, please visit mmbhof.org.
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Marilyn Price, Trips for Kids, 415-458-2986, email@example.com
Joe Breeze, Marin Museum of Bicycling, 415-450-8000 ext 104, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chip Smith, o: 801-646-0472, ext 1, c: 801-597-7515, email@example.com