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Lowes Heroes Help Beautify Akron
On Tuesday July 29, the staff of Keep Akron Beautiful, along with the Lowe’s heroes, came together to improve and restore Firestone Stadium, home of the Akron Racers, in Akron, Ohio. This project is being completed before the Gay Games 9 (GG9) comes to Akron for the softball tournament. The softball tournament is one of the largest events in the 2014 GG9 games. There are 258 participants in four divisions (19 teams total) that will be playing softball at Firestone Stadium, Pony Field and Colonial Salt. All three locations are being prepared and groomed for this event, including the replacement of the backstop, benches, stands and top dressing of the entire field at Colonial Salt. Colonial Salt is located on Wilbeth Road and is in perfect condition to supplement the activities at Firestone Stadium for this event.
Firestone Stadium had a wish list of repairs that Racers’ Owner/GM, Joey Arrietta, wanted done before the Gay Games, and the Fairlawn Lowe’s heroes are tackling the last of these projects. On July 29th, the volunteers will be scraping and painting the entryways to the stadium; putting a clear water-resistant sealant on the lower seating areas; and fixing up two planting beds at the entrances to the stadium.
The format of each of the four softball divisions was determined by the number of teams in each division. Each participating team was guaranteed four games. All championship games will be held at Firestone Stadium. The women’s finals will be on Wednesday August 13th at 1;00 p.m. The other three divisions will begin their elimination and end with their championship games on Thursday, August 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The public is welcome to come for the games. There is no charge to watch any and all of games
Fairlawn Lowe’s Store Manager, Gary Sutor, was more than eager to get started and has began collecting tools and items for the workday. Twenty of Gary’s employees volunteered their time on July 29th and were assigned different tasks to match their abilities. This is the second year that Lowe’s has worked with Keep Akron Beautiful on a beautification and community restoration project.
Dreamscape Makeover Update
The Dreamscape Makeover Raffle is Keep Akron Beautiful's annual fundraiser that was developed 11 years ago to help support our public land beautification program, Flowerscape. This year, for the first time ever, friends of Keep Akron Beautiful sold all 1,500 tickets to Summit County businesses or residents! KAB grossed approximately $36,000 through ticket sales to support the 33-year-old public land beautification program, Flowerscape.
The 2014 makeover took place from August 4-8, and is being continued through the week of August 11, due to weather.