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Whole Foods Donating 1 Percent of Sales Thursday To Blackstone Bikes

By Sam Cholke | June 21, 2016 5:32am
 Whole Foods will donate 1 percent of net sales on Thursday to Blackstone Bikes.
Whole Foods will donate 1 percent of net sales on Thursday to Blackstone Bikes.
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HYDE PARK — People who are curious about trying Whole Foods on Thursday will indirectly be helping Blackstone Bicycle Works.

On Thursday, Whole Foods will donate 1 percent of its net sales to the youth bicycle training program at Experimental Station, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave.

Connie Spreen, executive director of Experimental Station, is asking supporters to help match the donation from Whole Foods to keep up funding for the program, which she said has had a hard time competing with science, math and technology programs that are currently more popular than hands-on programs among foundations.

“The majority of our South Side youths experience almost unimaginable levels of insecurity every day, from poverty to the threat of gun violence, to parental abandonment, to high incidences of household illness and addiction, to failed schools, to a general sense that their lives don't matter,” Spreen said in an e-mail to supporters Monday. “Blackstone Bicycle Works provides a remedy; youths learn and work in a productive, caring, supportive and engaging environment.”

Whole Foods is scheduled to have its grand opening for the Hyde Park location at 5118 S. Lake Park Ave. on Wednesday.

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