The new Carmel Clay Parks Foundation (CCPF) will host a unique event on Friday evening, May 18, 2012, at the Monon Community Center Waterpark in Carmel’s Central Park.
The event – Foundation Fantasia 2012: Surf’s Up – will welcome an expected 300 guests for an evening of cocktails, buffet, wine tasting, silent auction, garden train, live entertainment and a special preview of the FlowRider®, a new Waterpark feature that will provide actual surfing experiences for park patrons when it opens to the public later in May.
During the silent auction, guests will have the opportunity to bid on event tickets, sports memorabilia, gift certificates, entertainment packages and the opportunity to become the first FlowRider® surfer on opening day, May 26.
“Foundation Fantasia 2012: Surf’s Up will be a one-of-a-kind, ‘must-attend’ event for Carmel’s community leaders and parks enthusiasts,” said CCPF President Sue Dillon.
The May 18 event will be CCPF’s first fundraiser on behalf of its mission, which is to enhance the recreational, educational and cultural life of the community through parks. The Foundation’s first program (beginning in 2012), will be to provide scholarships for Clay Township residents aged 6-15 so that those who cannot afford the cost may learn to swim in lessons offered at the Monon Community Center.
Foundation Fantasia 2012: Surf’s Up is supported by Winslow Facial Plastic Surgery of Carmel (Silver Sponsor).
“The Carmel Clay park system is a vital community resource,” Dillon said. “Government agencies alone cannot guarantee the range and quality of park programs that our community needs – private support is essential to bridge the gap between the programs and services that Parks can afford out of its publicly funded budget and the high level residents expect.”
“That’s where CCPF comes in – we help connect people who love parks,” Dillon continued. “As the only organization that raises funds for the entire Carmel Clay parks system and invests those funds through our working relationship with the Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation Department, we’re working to create a community of donors that will help make sure that our parks remain healthy and vibrant for our children and grandchildren.”