The Bay Village Foundation ‘Play in Bay’ fundraising drive is a success!
“Thank you to the people of Bay”, said Al Paulus, President of The Bay Village Foundation. “The generosity of the Bay Village citizens cannot be matched. Because of that generosity, the Foundation has now raised over $100,000 for the refurbishment of the Play in Bay playground. This will allow us to complete phases 2 and 3 of the project in November and plan a grand re-opening in the Spring.
The Foundation was also involved in two very successful activities on Saturday September 24. The Summer Sendoff Festival was held at Play in Bay. Mindy Stroh, chair of the event could not have been more pleased about the day’s activities. “Everyone enjoyed the ice cream truck and face painting, and a librarian from Bay library did crafts and some readings. We had great door prizes, including Cleveland Playhouse tickets, OSU and Browns Helmets, a signed Browns football and Severance Hall concert tickets. The little boy who won the Browns helmet is over the moon. It was exhilarating to see families who are so excited for the renovations to begin. We can’t wait.”
The Bay Village Foundation and the Bay High Environmental group, Project Earth, also completed another successful Waterway Clean up Day on Saturday. In its 10th year, the event has been been increased to twice a year and hundreds of pounds of debris have been cleared from the waterways of Bay over that time. Students and parent volunteers spent a few hours collecting trash in several areas of the city, using bags and the gloves provided by the City, which also hauls away the trash collected at the end of the day. The Bay Village Foundation also provided lunch for all of the participants, with leftovers given to the police and fire departments. This year’s chairs were Bay teacher and Earth club advisor, Bridget McFarland and Bay Village Foundation trustee, Michael Romanchek. Their goal is to build bigger community involvement in the future, saying that one of their goals is to maximize community involvement in support of Project Earth. ” Bay residents are asked to mark their calendars and volunteer for the next Waterways Clean-up Day on May 27, 2017.