Dreamscape 2014

By: Genevieve Bohnak, The University of Akron Intern

KAB-Dreamscape Drawing

Pictured above are KAB Board of Directors, volunteers, and KAB staff members before drawing.

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.

Community Pride Trailer

By Alexandra Clarke, Walsh Jesuit High School Senior Expierence Student

The Board of Directors introduced the Community Pride Trailer three years ago to be used by organizations, civic groups, and neighborhood volunteers to restore vacant and abandoned property. The Community Pride Trailer was made possible by grants from the Dominion Foundation and Charter One Bank. Through the rental of the 25 foot box trailer, the community can share Keep Akron Beautiful’s urban beautification experience with citizens who want to cleanup vacant property in their neighborhoods. Inside the Trailer is landscape equipment and cleanup supplies for volunteer groups to transform lots into green spaces.

Just this year 7 groups have used the traieler and 8 more groups are already signed up. Within the 7 groups that have already used trailer 92 bags of litter and debris were collected and 597 flowers, veggies, bulbs, and trees have been planted. 191 volunteers have used the trailer from groups like City Hope, Dominion East Ohio, Glendale Community Garden, Eleanor Heller 101 Group, the Akron Racers, and Adolph Community Gardens. Other groupls like The Carovillese Club, East Akron Community Development Corporation, MT. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, Akron YMCA, Summit County Historical Society, The Akron Urban Garden, and The Ohio & Erie Canal have already signed up to use the Community Pride Trailer!

The Community Pride Trailer season started on April 25 and ends on October 28, 2014 but you can schedule your event today! Go to www.keepakronbeautiful.org to book the trailer for a project that will benefit the community. Citizens of Akron can complete an application form and view the requirements safety commitments and equipment list for the program online, or at the offices of Keep Akron Beautiful. KAB staff transports the trailer and works with your designated Project Coordinator at each job site.


 Make sure to contact Keep Akron Beautiful and schedule your event today!