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Have your cupcake and eat it, too
Charity event donates bikes to kids in need
Cupcakes for bikes
The fourth annual Eat Cupcakes Kids Get Bikes event raises money to buy bicycles for children in need through the sales of Frost cupcakes. Last year, the event sold 100 dozen cupcakes was able to donate 50 bikes to the Turlock Salvation Army. - photo by Photo Contributed

The Bell Real Estate Cycling club is hosting its fourth annual “Eat Cupcakes Kids Get Bikes” event that allows for guilt-free dessert indulgence and the opportunity for underprivileged children to get a bicycle during the holiday season.

Frost Bakery, Oakdale Bicycle Shop and Turlock Cycle Masters partnered for the event that is a recipe for success.

“Last year we sold 100 dozen cupcakes and this year we hope to sell 150 dozen,” said Robert Bell, board member of Bikes for Kids. “The proceeds go to fund bicycles for children and are then dispersed through the Salvation Army.”

According to Bell, each year the event has brought about a 25 percent increase in donations.

The charity was able to provide 50 bikes to the Turlock Salvation Army last year and Bell explained that in order to fill the needs of Turlock and the outlying cities (Denair, Hilmar, Keyes, Delhi) the Salvation Army is in need of around 60 bikes.

“Over the next couple of years we hope to exceed that goal and donate to the Modesto Salvation Army as well,” he said.

Those wishing to participate can pre-order cupcakes at Frost Bakery, Oakdale Bicycle Shop or Cycle Masters of Turlock and indicate which location cupcakes will be picked up at on Nov. 18.

“Between cycling enthusiasts and those who love cupcakes, it’s fun to watch people come together and make this great day,” said Shelly Koch, owner of Frost. “Everything about it is perfect.”

Participants can pay with credit card online or by cash or check in person at the aforementioned locations.  Not a cupcake eater? Donations for bikes will also be accepted.

The charity is a nonprofit 503C, so the cupcakes are also tax deductible.

“A bicycle is a great excuse for kids to get out of the house and exercise,” said Dave Enz, owner of Oakdale Bicycle Shop. “Every kid should have the chance to do that.”

“One of the reasons that we got involved is because we love to support healthy living and children,” said Koch. “This is a great opportunity to do both.”

Cycle Masters is located at 605 E. Main St. in Turlock and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

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