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Updated: 02/16/2017 08:30:02AM

AMBUCS ‘Bowl for Bikes Fun Raiser’

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AVON PARK –– The Heart of Florida AMBUCS will present its “Bowl for Bikes Fun Raiser” on Sunday Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. at Heartland Bowl.

“Join us at Heartland Bowl in Sebring as we raise money to purchase AmTrykes for children and adults with special needs,” said Frannie Gillilan with Heart of Florida AMBUCS.

Last year’s event was a great success as the AMBUCS collected about $3,000 at the “Fun Raiser.”

That amount buys about three or four specialized AmTrykes, depending on size and cost.

“Last year we were able to use the money raised, along with a generous donation form the Champion for Children Foundation, to complete the 10-for-10 matching program with National AMBUCS,” said Gillilan.

These unique trykes are designed to accommodate riders of all ages with physical and/or developmental challenges.

Some of the many therapeutic benefits of AmTrykes include improved motor skills and mobility, strength development, improved self-esteem and independence.

Gillilan says that they already have five tryke recipients on their wish list and need to raise about $4,000 to make those dreams come through.

“We’ll be kicking off our event this year with an AmTryke giveaway,” said Gillian. “We are so excited to be giving an AmTryke to a very deserving young lady from Lake Placid. Her family will be on hand and it is sure to be a special moment for all of us. We hope we can fill Heartland Bowl and raise the funds needed to provide the other five recipients with their AmTrykes later this spring.”

There will be lots of door prizes this year including rounds of golf, store and restaurant gift certificates, local art work and even a silent auction.

Community sponsors include Heartland Bowl, Howard W. Hart Inc., Highlands Jewelers, Inc., Alan Jay Automotive Network, Cecelia and Bab Warrington, The Steel Products, Inc., Bobby Lee Aluminum Products, Steel Products Inc. Lawn Division, Randy Wright Construction Inc., Park Place Truss and Two Amigos Lawn Care.

Registration forms are available at Heartland Bowl or can be found on the Heart of Florida AMBUCS page on Facebook.

The form lists the mailing address where to send completed forms.

The cost is $20 per person and includes two games of bowling and shoe rental.

Registration is due by Feb. 20. Heartland Bowl is at 6800 U.S. 27 South.