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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

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One of the contest winners with his new wheels.

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Another satisified customer.

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This winner drew a picture of a girl with red hair riding a bike.

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Best of all? It's warm enough outside to try the bikes out.

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Cool winner.

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The Milwaukee Bicycle Collective worked hard on this contest.

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The Potawatomi team makes miracles happen.

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Volunteer Carolyn Weber helps a winner pick out the right helmet.

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Bikes were picked based on the size and tastes of the winners.

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Rolled cuffs: sign of a diehard biker.

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Lights, locks and helmets were also given away.

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The Milwaukee Bicycle Collective has been around for 10 years.

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Fifteen kids won brand new bikes tonight.

Brand new bikes for 15 talented Milwaukee kids

This fall, the Milwaukee Bicycle Collective – with help from Potawatomi Bingo casino's Miracle On Canal Street and – launched a contest for Milwaukee kids.

The contest required kids, ages seven to 17, to write an essay and draw a picture about some aspect of biking. There were more than 80 submissions and 15 winners were chosen to receive brand new bikes, helmets, locks and lights. Fifteen runners-up received helmets, locks and lights.

Tonight, the winners were awarded their bikes and gear at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 3022 W. Wisconsin Ave., by staff members and volunteers from, Potawatomi and the Bicycle Collective.

It was a heartwarming ceremony complete with proud parents, excited kids and lots of photo opportunities for all.

"I couldn't believe it when I got the call that my daughter had won," says one mom.

Every year, Potawatomi Bingo Casino raises funds for Miracle on Canal Street through a series of special bingo games. The generosity of casino guests, vendors, media partners and team members has allowed the program to grow each year.

This year, Potawatomi chose as a Miracle On Canal signature media partner.'s charity of choice is the Milwaukee Bicycle Collective.

"We've put a lot of work into reinventing our kids program, remodeling our work space, putting on this contest, and promoting the heck out of everything from parties to races," says Jason McDowell of and the Milwaukee Bicycle Collective. "As a result I believe we've got the strongest group of volunteers we've ever had and the Bike Collective has been in it's strongest position it's ever been in. And I hope this is just the beginning."


TosaJim | Dec. 4, 2012 at 10:13 a.m. (report)

Great article. It's nice to see good behavior rewarded...instead of bad behavior getting their own reality show.

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