11th Annual Bike in the Box distribution on Dec. 7, 2019


Providing Bikes to Under-Privileged Children

“Lugo Charities Inc. and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 385 is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the 11th Annual “Bike In A Box” Christmas event on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm at the Elk’s Lodge 385 that is located at 1800 North Oracle Road. A special invitation to 500 under-privileged children selected from youth organizations, schools, churches, and children-support agencies in the Greater Tucson area will be attending this special day of giving. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at 10:00 am to greet the children. Each child that has been pre-selected will receive one of five-hundred (500) bicycles that we are planning to give away, along with a safety helmet provided by Tucson Medical Center of the Children’s Miracle Network. The bicycles will remain in the box so that the parents or guardians can, together with the child, assemble the bicycle in promoting the true Christmas spirit and teaching the children the basic assembly and adjustments to their new bike. “

Carolyn’s note:  11 years of Jesse Lugo, with the assistance of radio talk show host John C. Scott,  promoting this effort to provide 500 new bicycles (and helmets) to children in Tucson. Heard them asking for donations on John’s Saturday radio show (2 to 4 p.m.) on KVOI 10AM, on November 23, 2019.  I’m sure they will continue today, so listen in to hear about the generous donations for this worthy project.  Jesse Lugo is pictured above in the center circle of the photo montage.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Listening now to John C. Scott Political Forum on 1030 AM — Jesse Lugo has joined John to raise $ for this bike give-a-way. Donate now, but definitely before 12/7/19. Thanks to all who have helped pay for these 500 bikes for underprivileged kids, over the past 10 years.

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