Kiwanis 9th Annual Auction and Spaghetti Dinner to Benefit the All Ability Playground and other Kiwanis Youth Programs
March 10, 2018
Kimberton Fire Company - Covered Bridge Room
Doors open at 5
Tickets going fast!
The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville and the Phoenixville Jaycees are partnering with the Borough of Phoenixville to build an all-ability playground in Reeves Park. Because the nearest such park is located in Downingtown, the Kiwanis believe this is a great need in our community. The goal of the new Reeves Park playground upgrade is to allow children of varying abilities, including physical disabilities and sensory challenges, to interact, play and learn together.
The Kiwanis Club has been working with the Recreation Board as well as the Parks and Recreation Committee since April 2016 to develop a comprehensive plan that will be fun for children of all abilities, will be a good addition to Reeves Park, as well as make the Phoenixville community proud. Melissa Gibbons, Director of the Recreation Department, has been an integral part of the committee, as we work to meet all the specifications of previous playgrounds and Borough streetscapes to fit into Phoenixville. The committee has met with vendors to understand the advantages and pitfalls of a project of this scope. Based on their recommendation, the plan is to remove the existing swings and playground that were erected in the 1990’s. They have served the park well but would be extremely costly to include in the plans for the new playground, as they are not all-ability. In addition, because of their age it is questionable how much longer they could be kept in service. It is the hope of the organizers that the existing playground and swings will not be removed until the new playground is ready to be installed.
The new playground will be located where the current swing set is situated. A new swing set will be incorporated into the new playground. The plan includes a rubberized safety base for wheelchair access as well as a perimeter fence to ensure safety.
The project is planned to be completed in three phases. The first phase will be the actual playground and poured safety base. This will include a play section for 2 to 5-year-olds, as well as a section designed for older children. The equipment will be all-ability pieces. An example of one of the pieces can be seen in the accompanying artist’s rendering. The second phase will be the installation of new restrooms. Two unisex, handicapped-accessible restrooms will replace the existing rest rooms in the bandshell. Both will be entered from the Third Avenue side of the bandshell and will have time-activated locks allowing them to operate during park hours from April till October. The final phase will be the installation of fencing, bike rack, trash receptacles, and other landscaping features.
With a total budget of nearly $400,000, the Kiwanis Club and the Jaycees are implementing multiple avenues of fundraising, including grants, crowdfunding, and other fundraising events to raise awareness of and community support for this much-needed project. Almost $40,000 has been raised to date and many grants are in the works.
The next fundraising event will be a live/silent benefit auction and spaghetti dinner to be held on March 10, 2018 at Kimberton Fire Company, Covered Bridge Room. The doors will open at 5:00 and the spaghetti dinner will be served from 5:30-7:00. The evening will feature silent auctions with electronic bidding using the Bidpay program. There will also be a basket raffle, 50/50 raffle and live auctions throughout the evening.
The Kiwanis Club wishes to express their gratitude to Franco LoPresti of Franco Ristorante, who is donating the entire dinner for this event.
Tickets cost $25.00 per person and are available by calling (610) 935-1198. Tickets can also be purchased from Foresta’s Country Meat Market, 1098 W. Bridge Street, Phoenixville or Franco Ristorante, 226 Bridge Street, Phoenixville. Tickets will be available at the door if the event is not sold out ahead of time. It is recommended that attendees plan to purchase their tickets in advance.
Anyone wishing to make a direct donation to the auction for the playground can do so by visiting the Crowdrise site at www.crowdrise.com/PhoenixvilleKiwanisAuction2018
More information about the playground, including additional renderings of the proposed equipment, can be found at: www.phoenixvilleplayground.org.
For further information about the auction please contact John Keenan, Auction Chairman, at 610-246-5388.
11th Annual Kiwanis Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting
Friday December 1st, the Kiwanis Club of Phoeniville held their 11th Annual Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting in Downtown Phoenixville. Local church and civic groups helped escort Santa Claus into town to light the town Christmas Tree. One of the largest crowds ever came out the enjoy the festive atmosphere.
Members of the Phoenixville Area High School Key Club volunteered to dress up as characters and walk the parade route.
Prizes for best decorated entrees went to the following groups:
1st Place: Phoenixville Marching Phantom Band
2nd Place: Holy Family School
3rd Place: First Methodist Church
Patriotic Celebration - Friday May 26 - Reeves Park
PHOENIXVILLE, PA – The community is invited to attend the 25th Annual Kiwanis Patriotic Celebration held in Reeves Park, Phoenixville, PA, on Friday, May 26, 2017, at 9:30 am. Over 500 school children, area dignitaries, and community leaders will participate to hear the keynote speaker, Governor Grãb. This year’s theme is, “Everywhere in the world people like to help people, so does Kiwanis. They especially like to help children, particularly in our community! Do you like to help people? What would you do to help?”
Kiwanis Basket Bingo A Success!
Our spring fundraiser this year was a basket Bingo Night held at the Kimberton Fire Company Covered Bridge Room. Over 50 baskets were donated for game prizes and raffles. Attendance was approximately 210 people.
The event raised slightly over $ 10,000 for the evening and resulted in a net profit of $ 9,100.
The success of the event enabled us to donate $ 4,100 to our playground initiative. The remainder of the profit will go to funding our remaining projects through the end of our fiscal year ($ 1,000 High School Scholarship Program, the $ 1,000 Annual Youth Involvement Award, our annual Children’s Halloween Party, funding of our annual Holiday Parade, replenishment of bags for our neo natal program at Phoenixville Hospital and various other projects including cash donations to local non- profit groups.)
Thank you to all of our donors, sponsors and Kiwanis volunteers who helped make the project a success.
Hey We've Moved Our Meetings!
The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville have moved their bi-monthly membership meetings to the Phoenixville Area Senior Center, located at 153 Church Street, in Phoenixville. Meetings are open to newcomers and guests alike. Speakers from the local area and beyond share information on a wide range of topics. Meeting are catered by Foresta's Catering.
Well done, Barkley K-Kids!
Barkley K-Kids Bingo night on 3/17 was a resounding success, with over 200 attendees and fun was had by all! The K-Kids had well over $1000.00 in prizes #kkids #kidsneedkiwanis #kiwanis #phoenixvillekiwanis
Guest Speakers - Activate Phoenixville Area
Many thanks to Kim, Shannon, and Erica from APA presenting on their passion for Phoenixville!
Highlight on the PAMS Builders Club!
Thanks to Voxipop for a wonderful segment on the Phoenixville Area Middle School's Builder Club! Well done, Builders; we are proud of all of your dedication and achievements in making our community better!
More information about Builders Club can be found at: http://kiwanis.org/kiwanis/clubs-for-every-age/clubs-for-youth/builders-club
Wonderful night celebrating OJR K-Family
The Kiwanis Club of Pottstown organized and sponsored a fantastic evening of K-Family pride on February 21st. K-Kids, Key Club members, and Builder's Club presented to a full room on their many achievements this school year; well done, everyone, on continuing your service and upholding our shared Kiwanis mission! We in Phoenixville are in awe!
Long time Kiwanian and Phoenixville history buff, Jack Ertell, presented an amazing slideshow at last night's meeting. His presentation centered around the growth and evolution of our community, and how migration and immigration both strengthened and diversified Phoenixville over the last 150 years! #kidsneedkiwanis #phoenixvillekiwanis
What a wonderful Phoenixville Aktion Club meeting to kick off February! Visiting fellow Kiwanians dressed as colonial soldiers and gave a presentation of what 'home chores' would have looked like in the Revolutionary War time. Each Aktion Club member was given a loom and started making tape, working as part of a team mastering the "under-over-under" technique and then vice versa to make a tape bracelet or keychain #phxaktionclub #aktionclub #kiwanis
Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions yet for 2017? Maybe looking to be a part of the Phoenixville community, and volunteer? Follow our Facebook page to see what we do. There is always a new project starting, and interesting people that want to make a difference. PS…you could even “like” us!
Aktion Club Celebrates Together
Nothing says 'togetherness' than eating and singing through the holidays, and the Phoenixville Aktion Club shows us all how to really have fun! At their annual Club Christmas dinner, the Aktion Club members voted snacks as the best part, enjoyed singing led by Josie and Tom Bachi, and even had a surprise visit from Santa himself!
'Tis the Season.....
What a busy week for Kiwanis! Care bags were delivered by John and Linda Keenan to Ann's Heart, which runs the Code Blue shelter. In addition to the bags, there were diapers, books, toiletries, toys and stuffed animals! Well done to dedicated Kiwanians Yvonne and Linda for coordinating this community effort!
Celebrating as One Kiwanis Family
The Club's annual Christmas dinner with the Aktion Club members was our biggest turnout to date! What a wonderful way to spread Christmas cheer but eating and singing together as one big Kiwanis family! #aktionclub #phoenixvillekiwanis #kidsneedkiwanis #kiwanis
Reading in our Phoenixville Community
Each year, the Kiwanis Club aims to read to our smallest of residents and then donates books to preschools and daycares! #readaroundtheworld
To learn more, visit: http://www.kiwanis.org/kiwanisone/serve/read-around-the-world#.WEmxL31X_6g
Holiday Parade a Success
The 10th Annual Kiwanis Holiday Parade was an overwhelming success, with thousands in attendance, 17 participating groups, over 30 K-Kids involved, and Santa turning the Christmas tree on! Congratulations to Kimberton Fire Company for winning Best Fire Engine and the Phoenixville Area High School Band for best group/float.
Two Members Inducted!
Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville is beyond excited to have Stefan and Jennifer in our club. Welcome!
K-Kids Making a Difference!
K-Kids decorated a Purple and White tree in the lobby of Barkley Elementary, constructing a complete village with houses and a train. They also decorated every door with a green swag and a red bow.
These eager and enthusiastic students also set up a "mitten tree" for donations of hats, gloves, and mittens to keep people of all sizes warm. They will be donated to PACS and other needy families! Way to go, kids!
Reeves Park Decorating
Amazing turn out at the Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville's annual decorating Reeves Park for the holidays! Huge thanks to Linda Mackie as Organizer Extraordinaire and the Kiwanis family & Phoenixville community for coming out and having fun!
Soroptimists Support Kiwanis!
Thank you so much to our Soroptimist friends, who not only invited us to speak about #reevesparkplaygroundinitiative but also donated $500 to the cause.....we can accomplish something amazing together as a community! #kidsneedkiwanis #phoenixvillekiwanis #kiwanis #phoenixvilleisawesome
24th Annual Kiwanis Community Day
This year's event on October 1st raised just shy of $2,000 to be donated toward a new playground in Reeves Park! Thank you to ALL the volunteers who made the day a roaring success! #phxcommunityday
This year, the Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville raised a whopping $8,426 through our famous "Duck Race!" Ducks were stuffed with tickets sold through various community events and the winning tickets benefit not only Kiwanis Club initiatives, but also those of the Historical Society, Soroptomists, and more!
Thanks to everyone who supported our event and congratulations to all the winners!
Reeves Park Playground Initiative
We in Kiwanis are so pleased and proud to be joining forces with the wonderful Phoenixville Jaycees in bringing our vision of an all-abilities playground to Reeves Park next year a reality!
We will "Make Our Mark" on this amazing hometown of ours!
Annual Patriotic Celebration
The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville held their 24th annual Patriotic Celebration on Friday, May 27 in Reeves Park. This event originated when the American flag in the park was stolen and vandalized 24 years ago. The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville replaced the flag and decided that a special ceremony should be held when the new flag was raised to honor the flag and to increase appreciation for the flag and for those who serve our country. Since then a program has been held every year on the Friday before Memorial Day.
Fourth and fifth grade students from Barkley Elementary, East Pikeland Elementary, Schuylkill Elementary and Holy Family School attended the program, which included an essay contest for those grades. The theme of this year’s essay contest was “What is a Hero? A Hero is…”
In keeping with the hero theme, the guest speaker for this year’s program was Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Major General James E. Livingston, Jr., United States Marine Corps (Ret). Major General Livingston is one of only 74 living Medal of Honor recipients.
The Kiwanis Club wishes to express their appreciation to the Borough of Phoenixville for their cooperation in producing this program and to the Phoenixville Area School District for the participation of their fourth and fifth grade students.
Kiwanis Collects for Refugees
The Kiwanis Club collected, donated, and organized with our friends at the Narenj Tree Foundation in Norristown. Narenj Tree Foundation helps thousands of people whose lives have been shattered due to the violence and conflict in Syria. Millions of Syrians are displaced and without basic necessities, and we are humbled in our experience to help in any way we can. Please contact our club or The Narenj Tree Foundation if YOU would like to get involved! http://narenjtree.org/
The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville is once again doing the Duck Race Fundraiser and tickets are available now until July 9th at Blob Fest......with the race scheduled for 2 PM on July 10 near Rapps Dam Bridge. Top prize is $1000!
Tickets are $5 each and benefit the Club's youth programs.
To get Phoenixville into quack-fever, check out our new game during the upcoming Dogwood Festival featuring ducks. Kids from ALL ages will certainly enjoy! Contact Yvonne Brownlee at 610-933-2154 or at email@example.com for more information.
Congratulations to Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville's 2016 Youth Services Award recipient, Courtenay Williams! His organization, Phuture Phantom Football and Cheer, gives the youth of Phoenixville the opportunity to compete with the best youth football programs in the area. This award is presented annually to a greater Phoenixville area non-profit organization or committee who has done work to further the educational, financial or physical advancement of youth under the age of 18 in our area.
Well done, Courtenay, on your organization winning our $1000 scholarship!
We are pleased to announce that our first fundraiser for Project Comfort Bag brought in a whopping $3,248 from raffle basket ticket sales and donations from O'Grady's Family Restaurant. These proceeds will go directly to funding neonatal comfort bags for Phoenixville NICU families! #projectcomfortbag #phoenixvillekiwanis
We, as an international club, are closing in on our promise to raise US$110 million to help eliminate Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus from the earth. As of February 2016, we’re at $107 million in cash and pledges. As we near our goal, the Kiwanis International Foundation has committed to bridge the gap that remains—so clubs and members in districts around the world can maximize the momentum of our final fundraising push and focus on fulfilling remaining pledges.
Now, more than ever, we are determined to finish what we started. Mothers and babies in 21 countries are depending on Kiwanis. They’re waiting for us to fulfill our pledges—so we can turn promises into funding; funding into vaccines; and vaccines into lives saved and futures protected. The end of this disease means the beginning of better health for so many of these families!
Open a child's mind to reading - all year long! The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville believes that EVERY child should experience the joy of reading. Kiwanis International's Read Around the World program focuses on sharing the joy of books with young children - from reading to providing books!
Click to read more about this initiative! http://www.kiwanis.org/kiwanis/programs/read-around-the-world#.Vthpvuaig4A
Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville has an exciting new passion project; one which needs help from our neighbors and members alike!
For many of us, awaiting and celebrating our baby's birth is a joyous chapter in our lives. However, at Phoenixville Hospital's NICU, these new additions cannot safely go home without further care. For various reason, these new mothers and fathers must leave their preemies or newborns in the capable hands of trained doctors and nurses while tending to other children and responsibilities. It is an incredibly lonely and vulnerable time, and one which we feel is imperative to remind these families that they are not alone!
These "Kiwanis Comfort Bags" will include: a travel mug, healthy snacks, community support information, knitted baby hats, as well as an insulated interior for milk transportation. Even better....the hats, embroidered logos, and hand-sewn bags are ALL made by local talent! Supporting local business AND local families!
Want to help? You can 'sponsor' a bag, knit hats, and help us fundraise! Find and 'like' Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville on Facebook to join the conversation!
Find new ways to get to know people in your community. Connect with others—and get involved in projects that change lives. Kiwanis is all about making friends—and making an impact—in your local community so you've come to the right place!
Come to a mixer, attend a club meeting, or reach out to our club's membership representative today to find out how YOU can make a difference to children and families in Phoenixville!
Contact: Genevieve Barker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We knew Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk" was going to win big at the Grammy Awards, so thought to do our own version with Phoenixville as the star! A massive THANK YOU to CJ Knonmuller, a student at Phoenixville Area High School, for lending his talents, patience, and technical skill for this little fun project!
Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make our Live/Silent Auction a success and a very special thank you to all who supported the auction with sponsorships and by donating auction items. We exceeded our goal of $20,000, making over $25,000, which will be split between the Kiwanis Club and The House. Extra special thanks to Franco LoPresti of Franco Ristorante for donating the delicious spaghetti dinner. We also greatly appreciate the assistance of the Kimberton Fire Company members, especially Karen Dobson.
Lastly, thanks to the many donations and many volunteer efforts of the Kiwanis Club and The House, this project had expenses of less than $300. This allowed us to have even more profit to be shared with The House.
With many thanks and great appreciation,
John Keenan, Chairman
We can be reached at:
PO BOX 622, Phoenixville, PA 19460