CHARLES TOWN — Tracy Kable, with Kable Realty in Charles Town, said Thursday that a bike ride that raised a donation of 100 bikes for local children came out of a real estate conference she and his fellow real estate agent, Natasha Kable Fogle, attended in Texas.
“A real estate agent there shared how she went on an annual bike ride,” Kable said. “At our marketing meeting for 2022, we looked at ways to give back to the community, and the idea of riding a bike was discussed.
“It was dear to my heart, because growing up our family couldn’t always buy things like bikes.”
It was decided that Kable Realty would endeavor to obtain 100 bicycles. Through social media promotion and a mail-out to approximately 5,000 residents, the company worked hard to achieve its goal.
“Donations have come from individuals and businesses,” said team member Stephanie Mitchell, adding that the appeal for donations began in early February. “We’ve actually received about 40% of our donations over the past two weeks.”
The goal was achieved, through bicycle donations or monetary donations that enabled Kable team staff members to purchase bicycles in multiple colors, sizes, and designs. Team members traveled to stores in Charles Town, Martinsburg, Winchester and Frederick to secure enough bikes.
“Every dollar donated helped us reach our goal,” Kable said, adding that donations of a few dollars from individuals were just as important as larger corporate donations.
To ensure the bikes get into the hands of those who will benefit the most, Kable Realty has partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle.
“The Boys & Girls Club will determine the distribution of the bikes,” Kable said.
“We work with Ranson Elementary School,” said Boys & Girls Club staff member Keleigh Taylor.
Working with Monica Addison, the parent involvement associate at Ranson Elementary, children who could benefit from a new bike will be identified. Other Boys & Girls Club feeder schools, including Wright Denny Intermediate and Page Jackson Elementary, will also be consulted if enough bikes are available.
“We’re going to have a lot of happy kids,” said Boys & Girls Club board member Melissa Knott. “Getting 100 bikes is a huge achievement.”
Kable shared that the bike ride will now become an annual event, scheduled for early spring each year. Other public events sponsored by the Kable team include an upcoming shredding day on April 30 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Kable team office in Charles Town. The company will also be sponsoring a movie night with Jefferson County Parks and Recreation on June 10, featuring “Sing 2.” The film will screen at The Amp at Sam Michaels Park.