Sorenson Legacy Foundation Contributes $40,000 to Bikes for Kids Utah Donation will help provide new bicycles for 1,000 underprivileged Utah children during May 31 Bikes for Kids Utah Event-making it possible for the schoolchildren to experience one of the joys of child
SALT LAKE CITY - May 13, 2008 - Bikes for Kids Utah, today announced that the Sorenson Legacy Foundation has donated $40,000 to help provide new bicycles for 1,000 underprivileged third graders during Bikes for Kids Utah's annual bicycle giveaway.
"Bicycles give children the chance to exercise, learn about safety, develop great skills and just have fun," said Joe Sorenson, trustee of the Sorenson Legacy Foundation. "We are delighted with this unique opportunity to enrich the lives of kids in our community."
On Saturday, May 31, Bikes for Kids Utah will give new bicycles and helmets to 1,000 pre-qualified third graders from the Boys & Girls Clubs in Salt Lake, South Valley and Weber Counties. Also receiving bikes will be third graders from Bennion, Franklin, Heartland, Lincoln, Majestic, Moss, Plymouth, Riley, Sandy, McMillan, Liberty, Grant, Guadalupe and Washington elementary schools.
"We are very grateful to the Sorenson Legacy Foundation for its generous contribution, which will help bring smiles to 1,000 Utah children," said Debbie Reid, founder and director of Bikes for Kids Utah. "Summer is just around the corner, and with a brand-new bike, these children will have a new reason to spend time outdoors engaged in healthy physical activity."
Each year, Bikes for Kids Utah relies on contributions from individuals, organizations and businesses to purchase bikes and necessary safety equipment for children. The organization holds fundraising events throughout the year, including fundraising bicycle rides on the day of the bike giveaway. Every contribution goes a long way: a donation of $50 can buy a bicycle, helmet, lock and Bikes for Kids Utah shirt for one child, while a $5 donation can buy one bike helmet for a child.
To donate or volunteer with Bikes for Kids Utah, or for more information about the May 31 bicycle giveaway and associated fundraising bicycle events, visit www.bikesforkidsutah.org or call (801) 523-3730.
About Bikes for Kids Utah
Formed in 2006, Bikes for Kids Utah, a non-profit organization, provides bicycles for underprivileged children of first grade school age throughout the Salt Lake Valley by means of its event registration proceeds, auctions, and through private and corporate donations. Its annual bicycle fundraising events raise money to provide 1,000 underprivileged children with bicycles each year. For more information regarding the events, please visit www.bikesforkidsutah.org or call 801-523-3730.
About Sorenson Legacy Foundation
The Sorenson Legacy Foundation is a non-profit corporation established by the James LeVoy Sorenson family for the exclusive purpose of promoting charitable, religious, educational, literary and scientific endeavors. The foundation is based in Salt Lake City, Utah and is qualified under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.