Breasts, Bikes, Beer and Bitches: A Breast Cancer Fund Auction

Mountain bikers sure know how to have a good time—especially when it’s for a good cause. Last Thursday the Sturdy Bitch Racing team* held a silent auction at Seattle’s St. Andrew’s Bar & Grill and, with the help of generous donors and bidders, raised over $ 2,700  to benefit the Breast Cancer Fund.  

The event drew quite a crowd of supporters, from the usual suspects in the bike scene to the merely bike-curious. A portion of the funds raised from the auction will also help defer the cost of team race kits, entry fees and travel expenses for the 2011 season. 

While there was no shortage of bike and sports gear to bid on—a Diamondback Sortie frame, a snowboard, bike bags, jerseys, shorts, helmets and more—there were also fun services donated. A limo-supported wine tour. A two-day Harley rental. A cabin weekend in Leavenworth. Ah, such class.

For the exercise-inclined, there were entry tickets for endurance events. Did those bidders really know what they were doing when they signed up for the Group Health Seattle To Portland (STP) Classic, the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon or the Mudslinger Events High Cascade 100 mountain bike race in Bend? Or did they have just one beer to many? Perhaps we’ll never know.

For the exercise-disinclined, there were baskets of wine and liquor, and even a private party at the Baltic Room for you and 24 friends.

Yes, there was something for everyone. As people knocked back a cold pint or two (or three or four), they listened to the happy warblings of emcee Jon Kennedy of Diamondback Bikes. Jon kept the magic alive from the 7:30 start time to way-past bedtime, making sure to spread the wealth around by handing out raffle prizes both big and small.

Of course there was the standard raffle fare—gloves, water bottles, T-shirts and other accessory bling—plus big-ticket items like a cruiser bike and patio cooler.


Thanks again to our sponsors for 2011:  Sturdy Bitch, Diamondback Bikes, Georgetown Brewery, MDJ Racing (aka Matt Jackson) and Big Tree Bikes. And thanks to all the companies who donated to the cause.

Visit our website, SturdyBitchRacing, to see the list of generous sponsors and supporters.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, contact the Sturdy Bitches at seattlebikegurl@gmail (dot) com.

See you on the trail (or at the bar)!

Angela Sucich, freelance writer

www.angelasucich.com

*Full disclosure: the Sturdy Bitches are my Bitches. I race for this bike team, and I’m proud to be a part of it.

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About angelarides

I have many practical skills. I have a PhD in Medieval Literature. I can solder an LED hula hoop. Oh, and I ride and write about bikes.
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