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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bikes for Angels 2011 Campaign

Guest post by Rick Curlee, Auto Tech Teacher at Ben Barber Career Tech Academy

Ben Barber Career Tech Academy's Jerry Bellows Automotive Technology Department kicked off the annual Bikes for Angels Fundraiser for Christmas 2011 earlier this fall.

Last year, our Auto Tech students raised over $26,000 to buy 600 bicycles for Angel Tree kids identified by our Intermediate and Elementary schools here in the Mansfield area. We also donated bikes to some of the High School Key Clubs to be distributed through Common Ground Network. It meant so much for the instructors and students delivering these bikes to see counselors, principals, teachers and some of the recipients with tears of joy in their eyes.

We are starting this year's campaign with the goal of trying to buy at least 700 bicycles for needy children who would otherwise not get bikes for Christmas.

Our students are getting so excited about this project and to start work on our Bikes for Angel’s fundraiser. We have had students bringing everything in from Ziploc bags full of change to a student turning over his weekly paycheck to help some of these children. We have had a couple of students who have actually been on Angel Trees and received bikes when they were younger.

We would sincerely like to ask the MISD community to help us beat last year’s total by making a donation of any kind to our fund. We can use almost any type of donation. Some examples are listed below:
  • Cars, running or not, and in any shape. Cars must have title and will either be resold or scrapped 
  • Auction items (For the December Dinner & Auction) 
  • Any type of Scrap Metal. 
  • Checks, cash, even your spare change is accepted. It all adds up to bicycles. 
  • Salon Packages 
  • Assorted Gift Certificates 
Dinner & Auction
A dinner and auction will be held at Ben Barber Career Tech Academy on Friday, December 2 at 7:00 pm to help raise funds. You must have a ticket for the Dinner portion of the event. (Dinner tickets were sold at  the campus.) No ticket is necessary to attend the Auction portion of the event.

Updated Friday, December 2 - It’s not too late to reserve your ticket for tonight’s Bikes for Angels Dinner & Auction! We have extended the deadline for the purchase/reservation of Dinner tickets for tonight!
If you would like to join us for the 2nd Annual Bikes for Angels Dinner & Auction, please RSVP to Misty Smitherman via email mistysmitherman@misdmail.org or you can call 817-299-1941 by 2:00 pm today (12/2/11).

Join us for a Cajun Themed Dinner catered by Savvy’s Bistro
Where: Ben Barber Career Tech
Time: 7:00
Cost: $15

Thank you for considering this year's Bikes for Angels campaign. If you give by check, please make it out to "MISD Auto Tech" and put Bikes for Angels in the memo line.

For questions about the program, please email Mr. Rick Curlee at Ben Barber Career Tech Academy at rickcurlee@misdmail.org or contact by phone at 817-299-1939.

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