Hall Of Famer Gary Carter’s Harley Davidson Motorcycle And Accessories On Steiner Sports “Perfect 25th Anniversary Auction” To Benefit Autism Project Of Palm Beach County
New York, November 8, 2012 — The Harley Davidson motorcycle owned by the Mets late, great Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter will go on the auction block to benefit charity on the Steiner Sports ”Perfect 25thAnniversary Auction,” it was announced today.
The on-line auction atwww.steinersports.com
, which also includes Don Larsen’s Perfect Game uniform and Bob Knight’s NCAA championship rings, continues through December 5.
Carter’s widow Sandy had donated the sleek, black bike to the Autism Project of Palm Beach County (APPBC), which will receive all the proceeds.
The charity’s mission is to raise money to support two specialized charter schools in Palm Beach County. C.J., the Carters’ grandson, attends Renaissance Learning Center, one of the charter schools. (RLC)serves children who are on the Autism Spectrum ages 3 to 14 years old. Twelve years ago RLC had only five students enrolled, today enrollment has grown to 102 with a waiting list.
The 2004 V-Rod “100th Anniversary” model HD has 3,250 miles on its odometer, and is in pristine condition. Personally-owned accessories worn by Gary and Sandy will also be a part of this unique auction package, including leather jackets with “Kid” and “Sandy” embroidered inside, as well as helmets, boots, and gloves. The reserve has yet to be determined.
The bike was a gift to Carter from the New York Mets organization upon his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
About the Autism Project of Palm Beach County: The not-for -profit organization is staffed by 100 percent volunteers, local families who have a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). There is no payroll. Along with the Renaissance Learning Center, a second charter school, the Renaissance Learning Academy, serves students ages 14 to 23. They currently have 75 students enrolled. There is no tuition charge to the families. The funding they receive from the State of Florida covers about 85% of the cost of operating the schools because they provide more services than a typical public school. Therefore, both schools and the Autism Project of Palm Beach County raise private funds to make up the short fall. The APPBC also is raising funds and partnering with Ernie Els to build an Autism Center of Excellence. The Center will house both the RLC and the RLA and accommodate 300 students. In addition it will provide adult services for individuals who have an ASP. There is no place in the State of Florida that provides this service in a centralized location. The Center will also have a United States and a global reach, connecting to schools around the world.
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