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Devils Doing Good & RAILZ Giving Back

devils doing good giving back

This November, RAILZ is proud to support Devils Doing Good and the “Dia De Los Muertos” event.  Proceeds from the event went directly to ICAN, a local nonprofit whose mission is to provide programs for at-risk youth to become responsible members of their community.

When RAILZ spoke with Devils Doing Good’s President, Kevin Bertoldo, we knew we had to share what this great nonprofit organization was doing. Here’s more from Kevin on Devils Doing Good and giving back to the community.

Tell us about the Devils Doing Good mission. 

Kevin: “I’d be happy to. Our mission is to connect local businesses with local charities to provide economic growth — for both parties. We work with smaller nonprofits that are doing good things for kids, Arizona’s underprivileged families, and more. Working with nonprofits that don’t have the same kind of publicity as a larger organization is important to us. We want the nonprofits we support to receive more publicity and be able to give directly to those in need in a bigger way with our help.”

How did Devils Doing Good start?

Kevin: “My wife Jennifer Bertoldo and I started Devils Doing Good.  Jennifer’s passion for helping others and her interest in working with nonprofits is where it began. Both being Sun Devils and ASU Alum, this passion to help others helped us come up with the name, Devils Doing Good. We’ve now formed a group of volunteer Sun Devils, received our 501c3 status and have the support of the ASU Alumni Association. Christine Wilkinson, ASU’s Senior Vice President & Secretary, sponsored our very first event. This gesture meant a lot to us, and we hope to continue working with ASU in the future.”

For those that couldn’t be there, tell us about the November event.

Kevin: “The event was a great success! We sold out, with around 160 people in attendance. Attendees received 6 tequila tastings, a Reiki session or card reading, live music, dinner, and participated in our raffle. The winner of the Snow Scooter donated by RAILZ was a snowboarder — he was thrilled! All of the funds raised from the raffle went to support our chosen nonprofit. The event raised over 6,000 dollars for ICAN, going directly to the organization.”

Congratulations! We’re so glad to hear it was a success.

“We are glad too! Thank you RAILZ for your generosity towards the community and your sponsorship of this event. Devils Doing Good is hoping to partner with your business again in the future to support local charities together.” – Kevin Bertoldo

We like the sound of that. Thanks, Kevin!

After speaking with Devils Doing Good, our team wanted to share about the topic of community outreach. Here are a few words from RAILZ co-founder, Brad Birdsell.

Brad: “Thank you, Kevin, for the opportunity to be involved with the event.  We hope that you will continue to look to Railz for support in your events to raise money for local charities.  Special thanks to the featured charity, ICAN, who does such a wonderful job empowering the youth of our community.”

Brad, does RAILZ plan on giving back even more? 

Brad: “Yes we do, we are currently looking for additional opportunities to give back to the community.  Especially with the holidays coming up, we want to be involved in making kids happy for the holidays.”

That’s so great! Why is giving back so important to RAILZ? 

Brad: “Giving back is important to Railz because we are a family oriented business and we understand that the challenges for families are more difficult every day, and are more difficult for some families than others.  Giving back to help families overcome the challenges of our times is the least that Railz can do.”

To learn more about Devils Doing Good, check out their website or you can follow them on Facebook. If you’d like, you can sign up as a volunteer hereDo you have ideas on how you’d like to see RAILZ give back in the future? Let us know and be sure to follow us on Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram!

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Evolution of Scooters

evolution of scooters

The evolution of scooters has taken a long, windy road over the last century. Other forms of transportation have stole the spotlight for approximately one hundred years, and kick scooters did not gain their widespread adoption until a few decades ago.

What’s the evolution of scooters? Well, we’re glad you asked.

Scooters were handmade for a little over one hundred years, and were made mostly out of wood, which wouldn’t typically fare well in poor weather. After wooden scooters, came the invention of metal scooters. Metal scooters, however, were clunky, heavy, and difficult to maneuver. Because of their multiple design flaws, scooters almost faded into obscurity.

Until 1990, and a man from Switzerland named Wim Ouboter. Ouboter’s younger sister had legs of different sizes, and could not operate a bicycle. Ouboter saw a need for a push scooter, and in 1996 created the foldable, aluminum scooter that we know and love today. It was marketed as a “micro skate scooter.” It was first released in Japan, and then in the U.S.

Scooters have since then permeated into American society, and can now be seen run by kids, college students, and adults.

Following its introduction into American culture, RAILZ took the idea of a modern kick scooter and transformed it to create a recreational snow scooter. As a sports goods development and manufacturing company, RAILZ wanted to change the way people played in the snow. The founders of RAILZ are all engineers with families. So, the motivation was to combine innovative design with rock solid traditional sports products for family winter fun.

Snow liftThe result? A scooter perfectly adaptable for the chilly winter months!

Now, RAILZ has created three scooters and various wheel and ski kits. This makes scootering around even during the wintertime simple and fun.

Scooters have evolved tremendously throughout the past century, and will continue to keep growing in the future. And RAILZ is proud to be at the forefront of that innovation.

Shop around our online store, and order now!