7th annual Picnic in the Park a success!

We would like to thank everyone who supported Picnic in the Park on Saturday, August 18th.  We are pleased to announce that it was by far, our most successful year!  Continuing the tradition of the fireworks definitely increased the crowds and brought the Brooklyn community together to celebrate the end of the summer.

We had several food options.  The Cedar Grill featured Mediterranean selections, while Hofbrauhaus offered tasty German food from their restaurant in downtown Cleveland.   The Brooklyn Athletic Boosters worked tirelessly at the grill to provide picnic food favorites.  Memphis Kiddie Park was on hand with their famous salty and buttery popcorn at no cost!  Once again, the Chamber had beer and wine available for purchase.  This proved to be a popular tent at the event.  A DJ provided great entertainment during the day, while the band “Billy Likes Soda” entertained the crowd into the evening.

The children’s area included a Home Depot building station, along with a bounce house and activities sponsored by Nick Maroulis and Campus Life.  Thanks to the generosity of Campus Life and Home Depot, all children’s activities were free.  Cleveland Metroparks was on hand with their table of animal furs and fossils.   New this year was the addition of a classic car show and craft vendors.  The event truly had something for everyone!

The raffle baskets and 50/50 raffle were a big success.  The following exhibitors were at the event to provide hand outs, giveways, and answer questions:   Brooklyn City Schools, Brooklyn Pointe, Friends of Brooklyn Library, Epilepsy Association, Heritage Home Program, Horizon Education Centers, Jazzercise, NEO Bubble Soccer, Pestex, Scene 75, Solar Windows and More, The Gutter Shutter Co., University Hospital Parma Medical Center, and USA Insulation.

A special thanks to Bob Hennings with American Fireworks for putting on an amazing fireworks display to end the evening.  Everyone in attendance was in awe!

We would like to thank the City of Brooklyn, especially Mayor Katie Gallagher, Economic Development Director Andi Udris, Service Director John Verba, Recreation Manager Maria McGinty, and Jill Ludwig for all their help with this year’s event.  We would also like to thank EmbroidMe for donating T-shirts for all of our volunteers.  Without our sponsors, donators, and volunteers, the event would never have been such a huge success!  We hope you will join us next year!

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Thank you to all our volunteers:
Nick & Joanne Maroulis (Campus Life/Youth for Christ)
Andi Udris (City of Brooklyn)
Andy Celcherts (City of Brooklyn)
Jill Ludwig (City of Brooklyn)
David Hill (Dollar Bank)
Ken & Sue Grodek (EmbroidMe)
Stephen & Pat Neal (KeyBank)
Mike Kissel (Memphis Kiddie Park)
Jeff Suhay (PNC Bank)
Amy & Dino Sabelli (Rockne’s)
Jessica Cliff (U.S. Shuai Chiao Kung Fu Academy West)
Kayley Thompson & Madeline Harrington

Thank you to our sponsors:

Blue Jay Communications
Brooklyn Pointe Assisted Living & Memory Care
City of Brooklyn
Dollar Bank
Ferrous Metal Processing
Hampton Inn by Hilton
The Floor King
University Hospitals Parma Medical Center
Westbrook Village Apartments/K&D

GOLD SPONSORS ($500-$749):
Andy Celcherts, Brooklyn City Council

SILVER SPONSORS ($250-$499):
Hofbrauhaus Cleveland
Hooley House
KBella Salon
Ridge Park Square

BRONZE SPONSORS ($100-$249):
AAA Landscaping LLC
Brooklyn Education Association
Councilwoman Kathleen Pucci
Lisa Ackim LMT – Massage 517 & Yoga
Mayor Katie Gallagher
Richard & Barbara Balbier
State Representative Nickie J Antonio

Brooklyn Adult Activities Center
Councilperson Meg Ryan Shockey
Judge Denise Rini
K Bella Salon
Memphis Kiddie Park
Richard and Barbara  Balbier
Wally’s Auto Service
Westbrook Village Apartments/K&D