We would like to thank everyone who supported Picnic in the Park on Saturday, August 17th. We are pleased to announce that despite the rain earlier in the day, it was still a huge success! Continuing the tradition of the fireworks, along with the Brooklyn City School parade, 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. New this year was Sauced Pizza and Pasta serving up a delicious pizza and sub menu. 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. 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 Nature Tracks, their mobile classroom. We also had a classic car show, craft vendors, and craft vendors selling an assortment of goodies. 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, giveaways, and answer questions: Brooklyn City Schools, Brooklyn Pointe, City of Brooklyn Domestic Abuse Commission, Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Diamond Strength Fitness, Epilepsy Association, Hudec Dental, Jazzercise, KeyBank, Laurel Garden Club, Light of the World Church, Reliable Pet & House Sitting, University Hospital Parma Medical Center, and USA Insulation.
We would like to thank the City of Brooklyn, especially Mayor Katie Gallagher, Economic Development Director Andi Udris, Service Director John Verba, Recreation Commissioner Jack Abbruzzese, Jill Ludwig, and Andy Celcherts 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!
Thank you to all our volunteers:
Dr. Mark Gleichauf (Brooklyn City Schools Superintendent)
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)
Jennifer Piechowski (KeyBank)
Mike Kissel (Memphis Kiddie Park)
Jeff Suhay (PNC Bank)
Amy & Dino Sabelli (Rockne’s)
Jessica & Daniel Cliff (U.S. Shuai Chiao Kung Fu Academy West)
Kayley Thompson & Madeline Harrington
Thank you to our sponsors:
PLATINUM SPONSORS ($750 and up):
Blue Jay Communications
Brooklyn Pointe Assisted Living & Memory Care
City of Brooklyn
Ferrous Metal Processing
The K&D Group
The Floor King
University Hospitals Parma Medical Center
GOLD SPONSORS ($500-$749):
Andy Celcherts, City of Brooklyn Council
Hampton Inn by Hilton
Ridge Park Square
Mayor Katie Gallagher
Memphis Kiddie Park
Santana Bro’s Music
Brooklyn Education Association
Dr. Mark Gleichauf, Superintendent Brooklyn City Schools
Meg Ryan-Shockey, City of Brooklyn Council
Richard and Barbara Balbier
PATRON SPONSOR (Less than $100)
Laurel Garden Club