TV5 Gets Results: PRIDE Gets Showmobile Back 8-20-2010 - WNEM TV 5

TV5 Gets Results: PRIDE Gets Showmobile Back 8-20-2010

PRIDE in Saginaw (Positive Results in a Downtown Environment) will be able to rest easy knowing that they are now the sole owners of the Showmobile trailer they have used in the past 12 years for their Friday Night Live concerts in downtown Saginaw.
As soon as word hit the street in mid-July that the City of Saginaw was selling the Showmobile on eBay, Schaefer & Bierlein Inc. and Frankenmuth Credit Union decided to team up to purchase the trailer and donate it back to PRIDE.
TV5 followed the story with numerous Asking Tough Questions segments on the controversy to put the mobile stage for sale online instead of selling it to PRIDE.
“PRIDE does so many great things for our area, it would be a shame to see the free Friday Night Live concerts end because of not having a stage”, said Frankenmuth Credit Union CEO Vickie Schmitzer.
The PRIDE committee has used the Showmobile for their Friday Night Live concerts and additional events since 1976 when the organization raised over half of the funds needed to purchase the stage with the City of Saginaw paying the remaining amount.
The City of Saginaw remained the proprietor with the understanding that PRIDE and other city groups could rent it for special events.
“Once we found out that the trailer was being sold on eBay we were scrambling to figure out what we were going to do next and fast,” stated Terry L. Rock, president of PRIDE. “When we heard that these two businesses were looking to work together to purchase the trailer and donate it to us, we were elated."
Frankenmuth Credit Union then contacted Tim Drummond of Hyperman Productions to expedite the purchase of the trailer for them on eBay. Drummond has expertise in sound, lighting and staging and experience in working on eBay.
On the closing day of bidding, it looked like Frankenmuth Credit Union and Schaefer & Bierlein were going to be successful with their bid of $7,700. But at the last second, a bid came in from an outside bidder who ended up winning the bid for $7,800.
The following day the Saginaw News published the name of the winning bidder from Maryland. “We figured we would try contacting the individual, just to see if he might be interested in selling us the trailer instead of hauling it all the way to Maryland”, said Schmitzer. The bidder, who owns All American Sports Academy in Maryland, was planning on using the trailer for his entertainment business.
After hearing what good PRIDE does for the Saginaw and Great Lakes Bay Region and what these businesses were trying to do by donating the Showmobile to PRIDE, All American Sports Academy decided it was the right thing to withdraw their bid from eBay and allow the PRIDE organization to take ownership of the trailer.
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