St. Joseph, MO (October 24, 2006) - Many in the motocross and mountain bike industry know that OMS agent Mark Reynolds was tragically killed by a mountain lion less than two years ago while riding his mountain bike in Orange, California. What you may not know was that Mark, an extremely avid bicyclist, always took time before Christmas to purchase new bicycles and helmets for underprivileged children – anonymously donating them to local churches. In his career as an agent, and in his life, Mark always put others before him.
After Mark’s tragic death, his parents Gary and Dona Reynolds established the Mark Reynolds Memorial Bike Fund Inc. to support and carry on Mark’s dreams of delivering bikes to those children less fortunate. This fund is a 501 (3) charity and all donations are deductible with all proceeds going to the purchase of bikes. To aid in this benefit, the Mark Reynolds Memorial Bike Fund Inc. is having an EBay auction of many of today’s top motocross stars riding gear. The auction will start at 5:00 PM CST on Sunday, October 29; the seller will be listed as: gotvo2charity. Included in the auction are items from such riders as Chad Reed, Kevin Windham, Mike Alessi, Andrew Short, Nathan Ramsey, and Broc Hepler. Along with the riders, special thanks go out to: Warren from FOX, Jackson from FLY, Big E from Answer, Dave and Randy from MSR, Michelle from No Fear, Victor from Thor, Chris from O’Neal, Doug from KTM, and Mike and DC from Racer X.
The Mark Reynolds Fund has received a tremendous amount of support and community partners to arrange for these bikes being delivered to the children. Dona Reynolds is a “Mother on a Mission” to keep the legacy of Mark, and his passion for biking and giving, to continue through this fund. Special thanks again to all the riders, team managers, and apparel companies that donated items for this benefit auction – without their help this would not be possible.