What: Phoenix Multisport "Rebuild" Fundraiser
When: April 12, 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Factory Made, 2000 21st St., Boulder
More info: http://phoenixmultisport.org/
T o Phoenix Multisport founder Scott Strode, refurbished or repurposed bicycles are a lot like recovering addicts.
On Friday night, Phoenix Multisport, an active sober community for recovering drug and alcohol addicts, will host a fundraiser with a silent auction for art pieces made from rebuilt from bike parts.
"Taking recycled bike parts and turning them into the art pieces to me is sort of a phoenix rising from the ashes concept," Strode said. "Just sort of being reborn into something that contributes back to the community and to the world."
Event organizer Wylie Belasik said he hopes to raise $20,000 from the art auction, ticket sales and donations.
All proceeds go toward making Phoenix Multisport programming free. The organization provides recovering addicts with athletic activities to take the place of their old substance-dependent social circles. Phoenix's activities include climbing, yoga, cycling, running, hiking, camping and more; they've served more than 6,000 individuals since 2007.
The organization also has programming in Colorado Springs and Denver, but all funds raised during "Rebuild" will go specifically to support Boulder programs. Strode said the fundraiser also raises awareness that addiction does affect people in the Boulder community, even though it's not widely known.
"It's not something that's talked about a lot," he said. "We lose kids in this community all the time to overdoses. Phoenix is here to serve those people so hopefully they can find us -- and their love of cycling or climbing -- to help them find a new path. We're here for Boulder. Sometimes there's a sense that there isn't as much need here. There's a great need here for the services a lot of different nonprofits offer to the community."
One two-year Phoenix Multisport community member, Rick Jacquemard, said he attends five or six Phoenix Multisport events a week, and now works as a volunteer cycling instructor for the organization on Sundays.
"My time used to be spent drinking and doing drugs," said Jacquemard, who's been sober for the past 4 years. "Stop doing that and you have a lot free time. It's really enhanced my life and my sobriety."
Before joining Phoenix Multisport, he said he'd never climbed or done yoga before. Now, he climbs or practices yoga at least twice a week.
The fundraiser will serve "mocktails," or non-alcoholic beverages, to true with Phoenix Multisport's requirement that participants be sober for 48 hours prior to an event or activity.
Rebuild will also include live bike frame painting by local artists. The newly created art pieces will be auctioned off at the end of the night. What will start out as "raw and unfinished" bike frames will become stunning artwork, Belasik said.
"We wanted to have an event that symbolizes the transformation our members go through when they join our programs," Belasik said. "After they've been with us a few months or years, they can start to put themselves back together and rebuild their lives."
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