The 2003 Harley Davidson Softail Standard will be the center of attention at the annual Transportation Fair on McDermott Court on Thursday, Oct. 31.
For $20, you can buy a raffle ticket with a chance to win the motorcycle with features including hidden rear suspension, raked FX fork, laced wheels, a 150-mm beefed up rear tire, and a counterbalanced 88B twin-cam engine. The MIT Federal Credit Union will sell 2,500 chances. Proceeds will go to Children's Hospital. The drawing will be held when the final chance is sold or on Dec. 15, whichever comes first.
"It seemed like an awesome way to raise money," said the credit union's chief marketing officer, Kimberly Shooter, who recently bought five chances on a Jeep Liberty in a raffle held by the Credit Unions of Massachusetts. "A Jeep wouldn't fit in our lobby. But a motorcycle was perfect." Potential raffle buyers may peruse the Harley and purchase tickets at Room E19-437. (Shooter didn't win the Jeep, and "as an employee, I'm not eligible to buy chances on the motorcycle," she said.)
This is the credit union's most ambitious fund-raising project. In the past, members have raised money for Children's Hospital by selling cookbooks, teddy bears, T-shirts and trinkets.
The Transportation Fair will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Other features include tips and minor tune-ups by mechanics from Farina's Bicycle Shop in Watertown, as well as information and displays by organizations including Zipcar, the EZ-Ride and Tech Shuttle services, MIT Saferide and the City of Cambridge. The MIT solar-electric vehicle and gas-powered vehicles from Ford and Keyspan will be on display.
The fair is sponsored by the MIT Police, the Office of Parking and Transportation, and the Charles River Transportation Management Association.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 23, 2002.