Donations for the Simsbury Bike Sculpture topped $5,000 after a May 9 fundraiser at the Red Stone Pub. At least $5,000 is still needed to cover costs of the sculpture, as well as installation and related expenses.
"I'm optimistic that we'll reach our goal, judging by the community response so far," said Ann Marie Potter, who is leading the fundraising effort."There's a real sense of excitement about having the first, large-scale bike sculpture in this part of the country. I think Simsbury residents take pride in the fact that our town is the only Bicycle-Friendly Community in Connecticut. But we still need those donations coming."
Several dozen supporters raised their glasses at the Red Stone Pub event, knowing that one dollar off each drink went to the sculpture. A raffle and other donations brought the evening's total to over $500.
There are other opportunities to contribute during May, which is National Bike Month.
Beginning on May 19, "Bike Sculpture Bling" will be available at Bill Selig Jewelers. They have designed two necklace-styles and earrings based on the bike sculpture, and a percentage of sales will be donated.
All day on Friday, May 25, Tower Ridge Country Club will donate 50% of greens fees to golfers who mention the bike sculpture. . Order a "Bike Pizza" special at Little City Pizza all month and a portion of sales will be donated to the sculpture.
Tax deductible donations from individuals, businesses and organizations can be made through the Children And Adult Mobility Project, checks payable to C.A.M.P./Simsbury Bike Sculpture, c/o Simsbury Bank, 982 Hopmeadow St., P.O. Box 248, Simsbury, CT 06070. Donations will be accepted until June 15.
For donations of at least $100, the contributor's name(s) will be engraved on a bronze plaque that will be placed next to the sculpture. For more information, go to www.bikewalksimsbury.org or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
The Simsbury Bike Sculpture, created by local metal-artist Vicente Garcia, will be unveiled during ArtWalk Simbury! on May 19, at 11 a.m., at the ABC House. Scheduled speakers include Mrs. Cathy Malloy, Executive Director of the Greater Hartford Arts Council, State Rep. Linda Schofield, and Deputy First Selectman John Hampton.