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October 19, 2012

Third Annual Gala!

On October 18th, CYCLE Kids hosted our Third Annual – and best ever! – Gala at the Harvard Faculty Club in Cambridge. Once again our community of advocates, bike-lovers, and friends gathered to celebrate the CYCLE Kids mission, raise funds, and share stories – and we were honored by the awesome show of support! In addition to raising money towards Boston- and Brooklyn-based programs, the 150 attendees generously “built” 15 bikes piecemeal through our virtual bike-build wall!

We spend a lot of time explaining what CYLCE Kids is, but on this night, we wanted to celebrate what CYCLE Kids does. Pictures of CYCLE Kids from Morse School lined the walls. And in her address to the crowd, Executive Director Julie Idlet told the story of one particular CYCLE Kid, an awkward little boy with taped-together glasses who had endured a lifetime of physical and emotional abuse. As he learned to ride a bike with CYCLE Kids, this boy gained new confidence and experienced a sense of control for the first time in his life. He began talking more freely to his family and assiduously doing his homework after school.

The evening began with tasty snacks courtesy of TRADE, and libations from High and Mighty. After Julie’s speech and an address from the new Director of Development, Jen Davis, the virtual bike-build began. Teams of supporters competed to fund a bike in the name of a CYCLE Kids alumni. Finally, auctioneer Robin Starr led the Live Auction; prizes included an in-home private dinner for 8 by Chef Paul O'Connell, an in-home wine tasting for 10 by Magnolia Wines, and a Specialized Roubaix Expert 2012 Bicycle.

We would like to thank our generous sponsors who make so much of what we do possible. A million thanks to Specialized, Collard & Sowizral, PC, Boston Family Office, Cambridge Savings Bank, HYM Investment Group, Sally & Fitch, LLP, Walden Behavioral Care, Chez Henri, Sel de la Terre, Nubar, Island Creek Oysters, La Morra, Myers & Chang, Grafton Street, TRADE, Crema Café, Winebow Boston, Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project, 90 Cellars, High and Mighty, Bully Boy Distillers, and Black Magic Coffee. And most of all, we’d like to acknowledge our attendees and thank them for their generosity, involvement, and passion.

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