By: Genevieve Bohnak, The University of Akron Intern
Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) held their annual Dreamscape event at the Alexander Park on West Market Street in Akron on Thursday June 5, 2014. The event started at 10:30 a.m. where top ticket seller Kimberly Haws-Falasco of Robert W. Baird & Co. drew the winning ticket. The 2014 grand prized winners were Steve Williams and David Jesse of West Akron who won a professional designed front or backyard makeover valued at $10,000.
The Dreamscape ticket sales supports the 33 year-old public land beautification program, Flowerscape, which plants and maintain 34 Flowerscape sites in the city of Akron. Raffle tickets were sold for $25 a piece or 5 for $100 to Summit County residences and businesses. For the first time in eleven years, KAB sold all 1,500 tickets which raised approximately $36,000. Tickets were sold at our five vendors: Dayton Nurseries, Inc., Donzell’s Flower and Garden Center, Graf Growers Garden Center, Paul’s Greenhouse, and Suncrest Gardens.
Steve Williams and David Jesse will work with our lead landscape makeover designers of eleven year, Lisa and Craig Graf, of Graf Growers Garden Center, to create a design for the landscape transformation blitz that will take place August 4-8, 2014.
Runner-up winners received donated prizes by Dreamscapes’ generous Vendor Partners:
1st Runner-up: J. Nelson of Akron will have his choice of mulch blown into landscaped beds by TerraScape Ltd., owned by Mike Clar.
2nd Runner-up: Bradley Bowers of Akron will receive a bird bath donated by Suncrest Gardens.
3rd Runner-up: Chastity Duskey will receive will receive a $100 gift basket of gardening supplies donated by Graf Growers.
Eric Jones, KAB Board of Directors, and KAB Board Chairman Captain Dan Zampelli were also awarded two hanging baskets donated by Graf Growers for selling the most tickets.
The Dreamscape Raffle 2014 was sponsored by SummaCare, Inc. and the following Vendor Partners, not mentioned above, offering goods and services for the August 2014 landscape makeover:
|Apex ElectricBelgard ® SalesCascade LightingCircle KEarth’ n Wood
Gates Landscape Company
Hitchcock Fleming & Associates, Inc.
Main Street Gourmet
Miller’s Party Rental
|Naragon IrrigationNick’s Landscaping of Ohio, LLCPam’s Perennial Plant FarmPepsi Beverages CompanyR.G. Thomas Landscape & Design, Inc.
Star Printing Co., Inc.
Tim’s Custom Electric
Vision Graphics & Printing
Wilson Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
YES Press Printing Co.