In Lieu of Birthday Gifts, Celebrate Your Favorite Non-Profit!

Ever think of throwing a birthday party and designating a non-profit or charity as the recipient of gifts your friends and family want to bestow upon you? That’s what Michelle LeSourd, new Bicycle Alliance member, decided to do when she celebrated her birthday earlier this month.

“I wanted to bring people together to commemorate a major milestone in my life, my 50th birthday, but wanted to discourage them from buying me gifts. So instead, I decided to ask them to donate to a specific organization, letting them know that it was completely voluntary. Washington Bikes promotes two of my favorite causes: healthy lifestyles and environmental awareness.”

Michelle asked her friend Jack Hilovsky (new Fund Development Manager) to bring a donation jar and printed material to share with the party revelers. She e-mailed her guests ahead of time letting them know about her preferred charity and made an announcement during the party. While Michelle jammed on guitar with a band comprised of some of her siblings and nephews, guests wrote checks and deposited cash in the jar. By the end of the night, contributions totaled $155.

Consider contacting Washington Bikes during the upcoming months if you have a birthday and want to celebrate the good work of your favorite non-profit (we hope that it’s us!!). We’re happy to send a representative to give a short speech briefing guests on our mission, or mail to you some of our promotional materials, including our newsletter, cycling stickers, and bike maps.

Contact Jack Hilovsky, Fund Development and Membership Manager, for further details and inspiration. He can be reached at, or call 206-224-9252, Ext 306.

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