CHERRY CREEK - Members of the Cherry Creek Community Association, Cherry Creek town and village officials and supportive members of the community came together recently for the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new playground at the ballpark on Main Street in the village.
The Community Association spearheaded fundraising efforts with the support of the Cherry Creek Fire Department. Fundraising began more than four years ago with a large gift campaign, launched in February, which ended in reaching the goal of more than $40,000. The money is being used to replace the old playground equipment, which was removed several years ago.
The association received community support for its many fundraising events, and the response to the large gift effort was outstanding, according to organizers. Gold donors included the Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union, Dave and Nancy Hall and Joe and Linda Powell. Bronze donors included Cattaraugus County Bank and America's Promise, the family of Ernest and Joyce Chase, the family of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn C. Darling Jr., Fredonia Animal Hospital, the Herb and Barb Nobles family, Noco Energy Corporation, the family of Richard and Eleanor Schultz and the family of Wesley J. Young.
Nancy Hall, chairman of the committee overseeing the new playground, receives a $5,000 donation from DeAnn Nelson, Cherry Creek branch manager of the Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union.
P-J photo by Sue Ann Fish
An anonymous donation was made in gratitude to the Cherry Creek Community Association Inc. for its perseverance in pursuit of achieving this goal for the children of Cherry Creek. There has been very support of time and material by Adam's Lumber, the Cherry Creek Fire Department, Covey Tree Inc., Mark Cunningham Construction, Frost Builder Supply Inc., Jeff Miller Farm, Quikrete, Barbara and Patrick Richitt and Rodger's and Sons Inc., the town of Cherry Creek, Tri James Services Inc., the village of Cherry Creek, Dave and Jen Von Wormer, and several community volunteers.
Dedication ceremonies for the new playground are scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. All community members are welcome to attend.
The Cherry Creek Community Association is comprised of resident volunteers supporting the mission statement of the organization, which is "to uplift and promote the Cherry Creek Community, while enriching the lives of its residents."
The association also organizes the annual Independence Day Celebration, the Gazebo Concert Series, and the Memorial Tree Ceremony during the holidays.