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Many volunteers work to put on Strawberry Festival

Posted 11 June 2015 at 12:00 am

Editor:

The Rotary-sponsored Albion Strawberry Festival (June 12-13) represents a tremendous volunteer effort. These are volunteers who give their time, energy and talent to make this event happen.

Joe Dibella manages the annual car show, sponsored by Don Davis.

Bill Pileggi and Karen Appleman coordinate the music and children’s entertainment.

Kathy Ludwick serves as treasurer and coordinator of vendors.

June Persia and Gayle Grabowski manage all vendor, service, business, and raffle booths.

Brad London and Don Bishop manage the food court.

Don Bishop and Karen Sawicz coordinate logistics ensuring an enjoyable festival for all involved.

Brad London coordinates advertising and media coverage.

Brad Shelp is parade master, with help from Superintendent Mike Bonnewell of the Albion Central School District.

Becky Dillenbeck of Albion Five-Star Bank and Becky Karls coordinate the Turtle Race, with help from Deb Boyer of Crossroads Abstract, World-Class Turtle Ticket Salesperson Jared Saj, and the Albion Lions Club.

Ron LaGamba coordinates the newly added fishing component.

Jerry Ulrich from Albion Ace and Clifford Thom are coordinating the new demonstration tent.

Marsha Rivers, Executive Director of the Orleans County United Way, coordinates the Family Fun Center with help from Mrs. Boyer’s ACS Freshman Class.

Karen Sawicz and MaryAnn Braunbach prepare the event application and facilitate efforts with partner organizations.

Brian Krieger of The Albion Running Club coordinates the 5K-8K Walk, Run, Race.

The Community Amateur Radio Club coordinates communication throughout the Festival.

Tammy Yaskulski of Medina Five-Star Bank organizes fundraising and sponsor recognition.

Ron Tower and Doug McFarland have refurbished the Family Fun Center games.

Joe DiBella coordinates the Farmers’ Market.

Leon Zak of Zak Software provides and manages the website.

Community Action provides shuttle service.

The Catholic Daughters tirelessly staff the information booth.

We partner with the Albion Central School district to generate the artwork for the Festival and to determine, by competitive essay, the parade royalty.

Please see our Festival trifold for a complete list of our in-kind and financial partners for this wonderful, family-friendly celebration of our community’s assets.

This year we are proud to partner with Orleans County Tourism, with special help from Mike Waterhouse, Lynne Menz, and Ron Bierstine, in our efforts to promote Orleans County’s world-class fishing industry.

Michael Bonafede
Albion