Green Bay community members show their support at 10th annual bike banquet
GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (WBAY) – More than 100 people came to support the 10th Annual Cycling Banquet of Green Bay Bicycle Collective, a non-profit group specializing in cycling education, encouragement and advocacy.
Organizers said they were blown away by the community support seen during their biggest fundraising event and membership drive for the year. They say turnout at Sunday’s event was beyond their expectations, especially after last year’s event was canceled due to the pandemic.
“To see that, to see everyone having a good time. There isn’t a person here who doesn’t have a smile on their face, and that’s the point. I expected a good turnout, but it’s bigger than I imagined, ”said Michael Johnson, Program Coordinator, Green Bay Bicycle Collective.
The fundraising event helps them pay for bike rodeos, where they teach bike safety to young children, as well as their “win a bike” program.
“It’s a great program where, you know, kids who wouldn’t normally have the chance to work in a workshop environment, to work with their hands, that sort of thing, to work with other people. They can come and learn these skills and these are skills that they can bring with them forever, ”said Mark Woosencraft, Co-Founder and Vice President, Green Bay Bicycle Collective.
“And for skills learned and hours worked, they get credit either for a new bike for themselves or for parts and parts for their current bikes,” Johnson said.
Sunday’s event outside of the collective’s shop in Green Bay was filled with food trucks, craft beer from Hinterland Brewery, bounce houses for the kids, live music, raffles and 50/50 raffles .
“What’s good about the Collective here is, you know, it’s a safe space for people to work on their own bikes, we’re not like a full repair shop, so we provide that space. , like “hey come on in, if you have a problem we’ll teach you how to fix it,” Woosencraft said.
This year’s Bike Banquet was the first time it had been hosted on their store premises at 418 4th St. in Green Bay, which has been open for four years now.
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