FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Kevin Lombard, Program Director,
Saco Parks and Recreation,
SACO BIKE FUNDRAISER PASSES HALFWAY POINT
15 BIKES FOR SACO KIDS, 10 BIKES TO GO
November 16, 2012 (Saco, Maine)
SACO, Maine – Local businesses and individuals contributed $3,000 to a fund raising campaign to purchase 15 bikes for Saco Parks & Recreation kids to use on the Eastern Trail. Organizers hope that during the final stretch of fund raising this winter, another $2,000 will be donated so 10 more bikes can be purchased, completing the original goal of buying 25 bikes.
“We appreciate the generosity of Saco businesses and residents that enabled us to buy 15 bikes. Now we are excited to begin another phase of our fundraising with a nature photo contest using social media,” said Justin Chenette, an organizer of the Saco Bikes For Kids fundraiser and newly-elected state representative for House District 134
Donations large and small came in via PayPal and at special events such as the Monster Bash on Main Street. Donors from as far away as Reno, Nevada learned about the campaign on Facebook and used PayPal to support the cause.
Local businesses also jumped in with large contributions coming from General Dynamics, Peoples Choice Credit Union, Hannaford, Saco & Biddeford Savings, Pate Motor Co., and Garland Manufacturing Company. >
“The kids raised $325 through a penny fundraiser and that helped spread excitement about the program among the kids and their families,” said Kevin Lombard, Program Director at Saco Parks & Recreation.
Also during the summer, the children took pictures of plants and trees along the Eastern Trail. Visitors to the Facebook page for Saco Bikes for Kids can view the pictures and vote for their favorites by selecting photos to “like.” Photo contest winners will be awarded a gift certificate to the Way Way Store.
“We hope that people who visit our Facebook page and vote for their favorite photo will also make a donation to help us buy the final 10 bikes,” said Chenette.
Donations are accepted by check or PayPal on the following Internet sites & municipal locations:
ll donations are 100% tax deductible.