Louisville Bicycle Club
November-December 2008 Newsletter

LBC's John Paul Wins OKHT's 2008 "BIAK Raffle" Bike

by John Paul


The Brain Injury Association of Kentucky (BIAK) raised about $4,000 from the sale of $5 raffle tickets for a new bicycle won by me at the 2008 Old Kentucky Home Tour.

Since I already had 9 bikes in my stable, I decided instead of turning around and selling it on Craigslist, to give it to an 'up and coming LBC member' who would appreciate and use the bike. That lucky person turned out to be long time friend Gwen Burke, an athletic and deserving young artist who joined the club a couple of years ago. The bike was a Trek 1.5 (formerly known as the 1500). It's an aluminum frame with a 9 speed triple.

I decided also to use this winning opportunity to show appreciation for what both BIAK and Scheller's Fitness & Cycling do for the cycling community in Kentucky by acting as a public 'spokesperson' for the BIAK raffle for the next year.

The Brain Injury Association of Kentucky is a non-profit agency that began as an outgrow th of a Lexington area support group in the early 1980s. The state office was moved to Louisville and incorporated in 1986. BIAK now has offices and staff in Louisville, Lexington and Bowling Green.

BIAK seeks to share its philosophy, experience and skills with survivors, family members, students, caregivers, administrators, health professionals, legislators, the lay community and all those who desire to make a difference in the life of individuals with brain injuries and their families.

Scheller's Fitness & Cycling has been a title sponsor and major underwriter of the OKHT for 10 consecutive years, beginning in 1999 when Jane Tyler was organizing the event. Scheller's has been donating the bike, and the BIAK has been the beneficiary of the ticket sale proceeds for the duration.

After turning over the winning raffle ticket at BIAK headquarters on LaGrange Rd., Gwen and I met with the manager and two sales associates of Scheller's Louisville- Okolona store for a custom fitting of the bicycle.


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