October 06, 2009
Bicycle Tree to Hold 2nd Annual Pancake Breakfast in Orange, Ca.
The Bicycle Tree is a project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE),
a non-profit, public charity based in Orange, Ca.
I first wrote about The Bicycle Tree in June 2007, when they were located in Anaheim, Ca., and I visited them, and took photos for my story: A Bicycle Tree Grows in Anaheim.
By December 2007 of that year things had changed as they announced that "December 8th will be our last weekly public bicycle repair clinic, and we will thereafter be using that time to focus on processing and liquidating our sizeable collection of bicycles. We intend to donate several yet-to-be-working bicycles to a worthy organization. We will suspend major repair activity in February."
By May of this year things were looking up again as I reported that they had a new website, and new outreach efforts set to begin:
"The Bicycle Tree is pleased to announce that we will be holding bicycle repair workshops on the last Saturday of every month from 11 am - 4 pm at The Road Less Traveled store in Santa Ana!"
The Bicycle Tree is an organzation that "incorporates bicycle education, bicycle recycling, and do-it-yourself repair."
They offer programs and services for youth and adults, promoting the "excitement and accessibility of cycling, the fulfillment of conservation, and the rewards of education".
The Bicycle Tree IS a unique, empowering resource for Orange County cyclists, and now comes their latest Press Release, updating event of the year so far, and issuing an invite to local cyclists....
You are cordially invited to the Second Annual Pancake Breakfast benefitting The Bicycle Tree, to be held on Saturday, October 24th from 9:00 am - 11:30 am at Hart Park in Orange. The invitation is attached - feel free to share it with all who may wish to come!
Dear Friends and Supporters,
It has been a good year for The Bicycle Tree since our first pancake breakfast in September of 2008. In February 2009, we taught bicycle repair to students of Morasha Jewish Day School at their Leave Only Footprints Environmental Awareness Festival in Rancho Santa Margarita. We have had repair booths twice at the seasonal Patchwork Indie Arts and Crafts Festival in Santa Ana. Since May, we have been holding workshops the last Saturday of every month at The Road Less Traveled Store in Santa Ana. In August, we were at the Second Annual Townsend-Raitt Community Street Fiesta and Resource Fair, also in Santa Ana. All in all, we have provided hands-on bicycle repair education for over 90 participants, and helped keep an equal number of bicycles rolling smoothly!
In July of this year, Recreational Equipment, Inc. (otherwise known as REI) generously awarded The Bicycle Tree a $5,000 grant to develop our mobile workshops! This boost, in addition to the gracious donations of countless workshop participants, has really gotten our wheels rolling!
To celebrate our progress, and to set the stage for another year of growth, we are pleased to announce that we will be hosting our Second Annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday, October 24th from 9:00 am - 11:30 am at Hart Park in the City of Orange!
Last year's pancake breakfast was a lot of fun and a strong success. We served pancakes with real vanilla maple syrup, blueberries, bananas, oranges, apples, bagels, tofu scramble, spiced tempeh, organic OJ, and organic fair trade coffee. We had a great silent auction with items from REI, Orange Cycle, Rock n' Road Cyclery, Fullerton Bicycle, Thuyen Vien, Harvey's Original Seatbelt Bags, Sprouts Farmer's Market, GoZilla, and local artists and photographers.
We hope this year's breakfast will be even better! We invite you to come out for a morning of food and friends in support of The Bicycle Tree. It will be a great opportunity to spend time with friends and family, meet new people, get a deal on donated items, fill your belly, honor our volunteers, and celebrate another amazing year! There is a $10 suggested donation for adults, $2 for kids.
We look forward to seeing you there!
If you would like to help prepare for the breakfast or lend a hand that morning, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have great items you would like to donate for our silent auction, please contact Paul at email@example.com
Thank you for reading!
The Bicycle Tree
P.O. Box 881
Orange, CA 92856
I live a few short miles away from the park, and hope to be able to attend the event. ;-D