October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween from Team Amigo!

Team Amigo is having a great time celebrating Halloween... even at the office! We hope you will get a laugh out of some of our favorite employee costumes, especially all the fake mustaches! 

For more photos and Halloween fun, visit our Amigo Mobility Facebook page.

October 28, 2011

Amigo Employee "Locked Up" for MDA

Drew locked-up.
Team Amigo has been a long time supporter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and this week our own Drew Coleman took his support a step further by participating in the MDA Lock-Up. Drew signed up to be "arrested" and then raised bail money throughout the month of October.

The Saginaw, Mich. MDA Lock-Up took place on Thursday, October 27th. With the help of donations from friends, family and Amigo employees, Drew was able to raise $569 for MDA! The money raised supports a variety of MDA efforts, including clinics, research, support programs and children's camps.

Drew enjoyed the event, and plans to participate again next year.

"It's great to have fun while supporting such a worthy cause," Drew said. "Amigo Mobility has always been such a strong supporter of MDA, and I'm proud to be involved and show my support as well."

October 7, 2011

Never Give Up The Music

Ernie was featured in the Oct. 2011 Friendly Wheels e-newsletter, sign up to receive Amigo's e-newsletter here

From professors to business owners to philanthropists, our family of Amigo owners is active and inspiring. Ernie Douglas is no exception. For more than 60 years he has been sharing his musical talent inspired by those who told him he couldn't do something.

Amigo owner Ernie Douglas, a professional musician of 60 years, found out after high school that, "You don't just give up music."

Born and raised in Topeka, Kan., Ernie contracted polio at the age of three. Growing up, his biggest inspiration was anyone telling him he couldn't do something because of his weak legs. 

Then he'd go on to prove them wrong; although he laughs and admits that he never could master roller-skating.

Ernie dabbled in a few short-lived employment opportunities over the years, never giving up his passion for music.  Walking unaided for nearly 65 years, Ernie turned to Amigo six years ago. At the time he bought the Amigo he was actively employed full time and relied on it daily. "I love my Amigo. I'd be dead in the water without it." 

Today, Ernie uses his TravelMate once or twice a week when playing a gig. His Dodge minivan allows him to sit on the back and, using his upper body strength, easily assemble or disassemble the Amigo.

Enjoy a visit to Ernie's website to see and hear him play! He owned his own restaurant/jazz club called the Catfish Hollow Restaurant in Topeka throughout the 70's and 80's. Ernie has three children and is grandfather to five.

If you are ever in the DC area, Ernie performs for Sunday brunch diners on the Dandy Dinner Boat  moored in Alexandria, Va.  The "boat" has proven to be a lasting gig. "I've been aboard the boat for 11 years and enjoy being there."

We're glad Amigo is able to assist in keepin' the tunes comin', Ernie!