Helping with Horsepower™ Program Changes Lives
USING A MOTORCYCLE TO TEACH LIFE LESSONS on a personal and professional level, Laura Klock and the nationally-recognized Helping with Horsepower™ Bike Rebuild Program repaired, customized and finished a damaged motorcycle alongside our youth, all while providing education, empowerment and encouragement.
This experience delivers one important message: Just like a motorcycle, you can repair and rebuild anything in your life with the right tools and inspiration. Youth, staff and volunteers started work on the motorcycle in early January and unveiled the beautiful, customized motocycle Tuesday, May 14, at Black Rose Machine Shop.
The father-son team of Mike and Jeremy Colchin of Black Rose partnered with the Home for this nine-month program, which occurred in two phases. In phase one, youth designed the paint scheme, participated in the marketing plan, gave the bike a new name and customized the bike. In phase two, the rejuvenated bike traveled throughout the community — in parades, at events, bike nights, poker runs, you name it! — to promote raffle ticket sales.
The winner of the customized motorcycle — Jeff Waddington of Bennington — was drawn at the Omaha Home for Boys’ Restoring Hearts with Bike Parts fundraising event at Hilton-Omaha September 26. This event was well-attended, bringing more than 450 people togetherevent includes cocktails, silent auction, dinner and entertainment. Academy Award winning actress MARLEE MATLIN gave a moving, inspirational presentation and longtime friend and mentor Henry Winkler , who was originally scheduled to speak but had to cancel due to filming, introduced Matlin via video.
Thank you to our generous sponsors:
Black Rose Machine Shop
Butterfield’s M.C. Parts
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