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October 31, 2012

November Harvest scheduled Nov. 9

Woodward, Okla. — Those interested in an evening of cocktails, hor d'oeuvres, dinner and entertainment are invited to the Woodward Mid-Day AMBUCS 20th annual November Harvest Gala on Nov. 9.

The gala is a party with a purpose as it raises money to help fulfill the organization's mission of creating independence for people with disabilities.

One of the biggest ways the organization, both locally and nationally, helps the disabled to be more independent is through the donation of therapeutic tricycles known as AmTrykes.  These specially-designed trikes help provide mobility and enjoyment to individuals who are unable to operate traditional bicycles.

One of the highlights of this year's November Harvest will be the presentation of 2 AmTrykes, according to Event Chair Leona Reeg.

"We're giving away AmTryke therapeutic trikes designed to help improve the individual's mobility if possible," Reeg said. "The 2 we're giving away this time are for adults, the first one we're presenting is for a local high school student, the other is a thearpeutic bicycle to a disabled veteran from the Clinton VA nursing center. Each bike is custom ordered by the recipient's physician so it can be made to fit their needs."

Cindy Colclasure, chapter president of the Mid-Day AMBUCS, said that getting to see someone receive an AmTryke is an inspiring experience as you can see how much the trikes mean to the recipients.

"It is our hope that by experiencing the process that everyone in attendance will feel personally empowered with the knowledge and importance of our valuable service," Colclasure said.

With each AmTryke ranging in price from around $300 to $400 to upwards of $1,200 to $1,400, AMBUCS must hold fundraisers like November Harvest to help pay for the therapeutic tricycles.

Proceeds from the Harvest fundraiser also go to help support other services provided by the Mid-Day AMBUCS, which have included awarding scholarships to local students and community projects such as providing meals to children on weekends.

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