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Corbin donates $1,000 to Boy Scouts for stolen flags

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Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 4:15 pm

A local Boy Scouts troop received $1,000 from Corbin Motorcycle Seats & Accessories at Monday’s Hollister City Council meeting to help replace nearly $1,000 in stolen flags that the group lost during this year’s motorcycle rally.

Mike Corbin, the owner of the Hollister business, presented an oversized check – as well as a regular-sized one – to the troop members.

“We’re all working together to keep Independence Day alive,” Corbin said.

Mayor Ignacio Velazquez thanked Corbin for his donation. The Boy Scouts also presented Corbin with a plaque thanking him for the funds.

“You’re a very important part of our community,” the mayor said to Corbin. “You have stood up for our Boy Scouts.”

The local Boy Scouts in recent years have made it a tradition to place American flags throughout downtown on certain patriotic holidays. The flags had been used around the city during this summer’s July motorcycle rally – the first sanctioned biker rally since 2008 – and the scouts kept them out until they went missing. Later that month, four suspects were arrested on charges of theft.

The troop went to the council in September to request that the city reimburse them for the cost of the flags.

Corbin said he was “very proud” to help the Boy Scouts. He said he hoped the money would go toward the flags and nothing else.

“Don’t spend it on Xboxes!” said Corbin to the troop.

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  • Marty_Richman posted at 2:50 pm on Wed, Nov 20, 2013.

    Marty_Richman Posts: 1093

    You'd really be upset if you saw what was in their hands at the time, lol.

    Not a problem, the world needs all the cynics it can get, it's already overloaded with insincerity and hypocrisy.

    Marty Richman

  • anothercomment posted at 11:53 am on Wed, Nov 20, 2013.

    anothercomment Posts: 419

    LOL,,, I agree, my comment is extreme.. Just tired of the underlying facts of the handshake.

  • Marty_Richman posted at 9:42 am on Wed, Nov 20, 2013.

    Marty_Richman Posts: 1093

    anothercomment, Gee, I thought I was the world's biggest cynic, but I'm not even close. Mr. Corbin can take all the bows he wants. When it comes to charitable giving 'to each his own' (with the exception of politicians who are often unendingly hypocritical on the subject).

    I am not invloved with the scouts, but thank you Mr. Corbin for your generous gift. For the general population I say, every gift, public or private, large or small should greatly appreciated by the recipients and most are.

    Marty Richman

  • anothercomment posted at 8:05 am on Wed, Nov 20, 2013.

    anothercomment Posts: 419

    Personally I think this is grandstanding at it's best. Maybe if it was done more discreetly , with less pomp and circumstance. There are several business owners that belong to non-profits in this town that volunteer their time fundraising. These groups give thousands to help people in this town and we do not see photo ops with the mayor. One group in this town gives several thousand dollars to the scouts every year with out one photo taken. I guess we will see what the mayor and Mr. Corbin have plans for.