Community members to race tricycles to benefit NIC Children's Center

Much to the amusement of onlookers, several well-respected community members will bring themselves to child’s play in order to benefit the children of the North Idaho College Children’s Center during the Black Ties and Tricycles event from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26 at Coeur d’Alene Cellars Winery at 3890 N. Schrieber Way.
Amy Bartoo of Idaho Drug Free Youth, Dustin Ainsworth of Kootenai Title, John Little of Outback Steakhouse, Chad Oakland of Century 21, Sue Thilo of the Idaho State Board of Education and Andreas John, defending champion of the second annual tricycle race, of the Spokane Journal of Business will race around the barrel room of Coeur d’Alene Cellars during three heats. The first heat will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the second heat will begin at 7:30 p.m. followed by the championship race between the winners of the first two heats.
For $10 in advance or $15 at the door, attendees will enjoy appetizers provided by Cooking for Christ, wine tasting by Coeur d’Alene Cellars and an art exhibit and sale with works by Fountain of Wishes artists Tyree Charter and Jason Sanchez, flower artist Carissa Vera and photographer Sean Watson. Half of the proceeds from the art sales will be donated to the NIC Children’s Center.
Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on a custom framed print of an original painting created by the NIC Children’s Center class of 2003 4- and 5-year-olds.
The event will also include a raffle in which attendees can purchase $1 tickets to support the racer of their choice. Raffle winners will receive cases of wine from Coeur d’Alene Cellars Barrel Room No. 6.
The event is underwritten by title sponsor Advanced Benefit Management and tricycle sponsors include Mountain West Bank and Thorco, Inc.
The NIC Children’s Center, the benefactor of the event, is a limited enrollment child care program that primarily serves children of NIC students enrolled in a minimum of seven daytime NIC credits and, as space is available, the children of contracted faculty and staff. The center serves as a model child development facility for the entire region and also serves as a working lab where practicum students complete their student teaching for child development degrees offered by NIC. During the 2005-2006 school year, more than 450 students, including practicum, Work-Study, service learning and outside community members were served through the center.
Tickets are available at Coeur d’Alene Cellars, Barrel Room No. 6 in downtown Coeur d’Alene or at the NIC Foundation Office.
Information: (208) 769-5978.
Andreas John, defending champion of the second annual tricycle race, of the Spokane Journal of Business will join five other tricycle racers to raise funds for the NIC Children’s Center.
(Pictured above) A custom framed print of “The Flower Garden” created by the North Idaho College Children’s Center 4- and 5-year-olds class of 2003 will be available for bid at the Black Ties and Tricycles event Jan. 26.

For More Information
NIC Foundation Executive Director Rayelle Anderson, (208) 769-5978

Posted: Friday, Jan. 19, 2007

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