Custom Chopper Raffle – Fundraiser aims to raise $150,000 for Alberta Association for Community Living

AACL Custom chopper is being raffled to raise funds

AACL Custom chopper is being raffled to raise funds

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Custom choppers aren’t normally the motorcycle genre of choice for CarAndRider.com visitors, but this one’s worthy of mention because it’s being raffled to raise money for a worthy charitable organization, the Alberta Association for Community Living.

AACL is raffling this custom motorcycle as a major fundraiser for the organization’s budget year.  AACL development director Wendy McDonald says the custom motorcycle was donated by supporter Dan Steinke of Grand Prairie who was informed about the charity’s work by a family member.

AACL’s funding is mainly from government, explains McDonald, and the funds are restricted in how they may be used.  The organization is un-restricted in how it may use fund raised monies.  McDonald explained that fund raised money would be used  directly to support individual families in need for items such as for damage deposits (for rental housing) or modifying a bicycle (for a disabled person’s use.)  She said through the chopper raffle AACL was hoping to raise $150,000 dollars – about 20-percent of AACL’s $4 million annual budget generated through fund raising.

The bike has an appraised value of $44,000 dollars.  Based on a 2005 custom ‘softail’ Harley-Davidson, it features extended front forks, an oversize rear tire, polished alloy wheels, and belt-drive.  A custom mural is air-brushed on the gas tank and rear fender, along with a silver paint scheme.  A  polished and chromed S&S v-twin engine powers the custom cruiser.

4125 tickets have been printed, priced at $50 each or 3 for $100.  To purchase tickets on this motorcycle, contact Wendy McDonald at 780-451-3055 Ext. 410 or email her at wmcdonald@aacl.org.  The draw date is January 25, 2014.  This motorcycle is on exhibit at the Driving Force business office in Edmonton’s west end, 11025-182nd Street, Edmonton.

Alberta Association for Community Living (AACL) is a family based, non-profit federation that advocates on behalf of children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families.  This advocacy organization supports families and individuals in their desire to be fully included in community life.

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