Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Florida East Coast Chapter (ABC-FEC) celebrates 17 years of community giving by raising money to donate 200 bikes, helmets, locks and bike safety programs to local children in need with it’s annual Handlebars for the Holidays.
Each year, ABC-FEC partners with several local area non-profit groups – including the Boys and Girls Club, Kids in Distress and Children’s Harbor – to select the kids who will receive a bike, helmet and bike lock. Each December, about 25 volunteers and their families gather at the ABC headquarters in Coconut Creek, to distribute the bikes. In addition to getting a brand new bike, the kids get to visit with Santa Claus and learn about bike safety from a local police officer.
“We feel deeply rewarded for helping others as a big part of what we do and seeing those smiling faces when the kids receive their new bikes is inspiring,” said Peter Dyga, ABC-FEC President and CEO. “It’s also great to see the generosity and enthusiasm from our members, especially in these tough economic times” says Dyga.
Handlebars for the Holidays is just one of several charitable events that ABC-FEC sponsors each year through the ABC Cares Foundation. Over the last 12 years, they have donated more than $960,000 to the local community, nearly half of which helps this event to thrive.
All media is invited to attend bike distribution day on Saturday, December 8th from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. held at the ABC Headquarters, 3720 Coconut Creek Parkway, Coconut Creek, FL 33066. For more information about program participation, please contact ABC-FEC via their website www.abceastflorida.com or 954.984.0075.
About ABC and ABC Florida East Coast Chapter
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national association with 74 chapters representing 23,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms with nearly two million employees. ABC’s membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors of the industry.
ABC Florida East Coast Chapter, founded in 1968, serves nearly 450 member companies and their thousands of employees from the Florida Keys to the Space Coast with a wide variety of services including education and training, representation with federal, state and local governments, referral services, discounts ranging from vehicle fleets to health insurance and mobile phone service, networking and community service opportunities. For more information, visitwww.abc.org and www.abceastflorida.com.
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By Elizabeth Haag