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Mad Men Art Auction to Benefit Trips for Kids

Fans can welcome the return of “Mad Men” to AMC this month with a one-of-a-kind, cast member-signed work of art

San Rafael, CA – A love of bikes, art and the hit TV series, Mad Men, has inspired the sale of a truly unique work of art by renowned license plate artist and former HGTV’s FreeStyle host Aaron Foster. Proceeds from an online art auction will be donated to the national nonprofit organization, Trips for Kids.

“The bicycle has always been a huge part of my life. When you’re a kid, the bicycle is freedom – it makes your world bigger and provides a certain level of independence,” Foster said. “I’m a big fan of kids on bikes. I’m a big fan of Mad Men. And I’ve been making license plate art for more than ten years now, so why not combine all three to raise some money for a great cause?”

The one-of-a-kind piece is a replica of the television show’s logo made entirely of vintage recycled license plates. The piece is signed by the entire cast and Show Creator Matthew Weiner.

Beginning March 22, Foster will auction the piece to raise money to support Trips for Kids, a national organization that inspires youth outdoors on mountain bikes. The auction will run during the season premiere on March 25 through April 1, closing at 8:45 pm (EST), just 15 minutes prior to the second episode of season five on AMC.

Foster’s Mad Men license plate art work auction is current available for online bids here.

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Leonard Basobas - Among my many and varied interests are cycling and writing. I am deeply passionate about both. Strangely enough, neither has come very easy to me.I had such a horrible crash as a small child that I did not attempt to ride again until the 6th grade. From that point forward, you could say that I have had a love affair with two-wheels. When I was not out on my bike, I could be found tearing apart or putting back together other bikes. The frames and parts found in my parents’ basement today are a testament to that fact. Around the same time that I began riding again, a young rider named Greg Lemond had just won the U23 World Championships. Following his career was my entry point into the sport of cycling, but I never participated in organized racing until I was past my cycling prime. Today, a healthy curiosity about racing has me lining up on the road and in the nearest velodrome.In regard to writing, I am not a trained journalist. My writing, instead, strikes a creative bent in the form of short stories, at least when I not writing for my day job in clinical research. Although I have yet to be published for my creative writing, I have authored several abstracts and papers, and been published as the lead author for a paper in a well-known peer reviewed medical journal.I have covered the sport of cycling, as both writer and photographer, at such races as the Amgen Tour of California (2008 to 2014) and the US Pro Cycling Challenge. I was also the featured Guest Contributor for LIVESTRONG.com, commentating and moderating the site's live blogging feed during the 2009 Tour de France.