Thursday, June 20, 2013
Firewheel Brewing Co. hosts fundraiser to rebuild playground
It's $25 on July 13 at the brewery.
ROWLETT The efforts to raise funds to rebuild the Kids Kingdom Playground are well underway. Several key members of the community are partnering with local business owner Brad Perkinson to host a fundraiser to do their part to get the popular playground rebuilt. The playground was removed earlier this month after an independent inspection report determined it unsafe for use.
"There are so many times when people talk about taking action but things fall by the wayside. This is too important to the community, so let's do something about it," said Councilman Carl Pankratz, who helped plan the event.
The fundraiser is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. on July 13 at Firewheel Brewing Company, 2806 Lawing Lane Suite C.
"The cost to attend is $25. We have got a great live band booked," Pankratz said.
In addition to the band there will be food trucks and brewery tours offered. Firewheel Brewing Company is owned by Perkinson.
Pankratz said the idea to have the event at the brewery occurred because there aren't too many places in the city to host an event like this and Perkinson agreed to allow the use of his facility free of charge.
"He recently hosted a fundraiser to help the animal shelter there. We came together and knew we could put together something substantial to help," Pankratz said.
The event has named an honorary host committee that includes Rowlett Mayor Todd Gottel, Councilman Michael Gallops, Councilman Doug Phillips, Councilman Carl Pankratz, Planning and Zoning Commissioner Rick Sheffield, RCCC president Whitney Laning, Ron Miller, Doug Schmitt, Becky Sebastian, Sammy Walker, Rob Rose, Gary Doyle and Wayne Baxter. The fundraiser is not a city-sponsored event. The host committee is made up of people who want to help raise money for the playground.
"We still have a lot of people upset about the playground being removed. We weren't happy about it as a council either. It's time to get together and do something about rebuilding it," Pankratz said. "We hope the reaction and emotion feed into the fundraiser. We need people to try and get donations from companies. They can take all the emotion and channel that into trying to get funding to replace it. The best thing we can do is to get donations and get it rebuilt as soon as possible."
Tickets for the fundraiser can be bought online at www.kidskingdom.eventbrite.com. People wanting to make a donation can make a check payable to the city of Rowlett with Kids Kingdom written in the memo portion. All funds given for the Kids Kingdom will be allocated to its rebuild. All donations are tax-exempt. Pankratz said he is even willing to come and pick up a check if that's what it takes to get donations.
For information on making a donation or attending the fundraiser contact Carl Pankratz at 806-438-7194 or email Brad Perkinson at Brad.Perkinson@firewheelbrewing.com.
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