Is there anything more magical for a child than waking up on Christmas morning to find a shiny new bicycle underneath the tree? Sadly, many children may never experience this pivotal childhood moment.
For the fourth year in a row, Zweben Law Group is partnering with United Way of Martin County to make the holidays extra special for local families who are struggling to make ends meet. The goal of the month-long Zweben Bike Drive is to raise enough money to cover the cost of 300 bikes to be given to children in need through United Way’s White Doves Holiday Project.
To launch the endeavor, more than 70 supporters attended the Zweben Law Group Bike Drive Kickoff Party at The Stillery on Nov. 16. Attendees mixed and mingled – and there were a few happy surprises throughout the evening, including large donations from Junior League of Martin County and Treasure Coast Running.
A $50 donation to the effort covers the cost of a bike and helmet thanks to a partnership with Beyond Bikes. The kick-off party at The Stillery generated about 70 percent of the needed total. “Every one of these bicycles represents a child in Martin County that’s going to wake up on Christmas morning with a big smile on their face,” said Gene Zweben, Zweben Law Group.
Zweben, whose effort last year generated enough funding for 300 bikes, said that donations can be made through Dec. 15 at the United Way website www.unitedwaymartin.org/bike.
Event sponsors include Zweben Law Group, Martin Health System, The Stillery, Reubens and Beyond Bikes.
United Way’s White Doves Holiday Project engages the entire community to provide toys for Martin County children in need. United Way is the official coordinating organization for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots in Martin County.