Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Community


745 S WHITE WILLOW BAYPALATINE, IL 60067 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Our passion for music and movement drives the foundation of this organization. The mission of Bikes & Music is to give all children the opportunity to enjoy bicycling and music to serve the development of body and mind for happiness and well-being.


When they were children, Ryan and Carrie Gable saw first-hand the difficult decisions their single mothers had to make when it came to household income and where the priorities of the family had to be. This meant perhaps going without or worse, seeing the stress of their mothers trying to give them the little extras and still having money for the family’s basic needs.

After starting their own family, Ryan and Carrie Gable made sure to share hobbies with their children. They have also given back to the community through various donations and fundraising events. Recently, they began looking for a way to combine their philanthropy and passions in a united, meaningful effort to benefit other children and families.
After filing the paperwork to establish Bikes & Music as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, the Gables began outlining the operating plan. The first goal is to obtain used bicycles and musical instruments, service and repair them as needed, and get them distributed to kids in need.
In the process, they plan to showcase independent music stores and bicycle shops. The Gables understand the challenges facing small businesses, and hope to create a positive ripple effect that will benefit neighborhood economies.

Future plans include sponsoring music lessons, band trips, youth concerts, bicycle trail rides and bicycle field trips for Chicago area youth.


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