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Fundraiser planned for Connellsville parks

| Monday, July 8, 2013, 7:03 p.m.

Misty Fuller is a Connellsville businesswoman who wants to help her community.

So Fuller, an Avon representative, approached the Connellsville Parks and Recreation Board with an idea — Rock the Park.

The fundraising event will be held on July 20 at East Park.

The event will kick off at 11 a.m. and continue until dark, when the recreation board will host its movie night, presenting Disney Pixar's “UP.”

“I was sitting in my office one day trying to figure out ways to grow my business when it hit me: what better way to do this than to start with a staple in the community,” said Fuller. “Our parks are not just a place for children to play, they actually bring families and friends together.”

And that's when her idea began to grow into a plan.

“I decided to raise money for all of the city parks to help pay for upkeep, restructuring and hopefully be able to find some event for families during the summertime,” said Fuller, who approached the recreation board with the idea in May. The board supported the idea.

“In years past, there has been thousands of dollars spent at many of the parks in the city, including rebuilding the castle at East Park. Our parks are in need of our time and care to ensure our children can have the same great memories as we all have,” said Fuller.

Rock The Park will feature vendors, crafters, raffle tickets, a Chinese auction, food, refreshments and music. Activities for children will include Seth the Balloon Dude with his popular balloon creations, and Hip Hop Hooray with its bounce houses. Smart Style, located in Connellsville Wal-Mart, will be styling braids and tinsel wraps and will have colored spray for spiking hair, for a donation. John & Terry's Balloons with carnival games such as the duck game and cork gun game will be there.

Vendors who will be set up include Simply Fun, Tastefully Simple, Paparazzi, It Works, South Hill Designs, Tupperware and Thirty-One. There will be other personal crafters and independent business owners on hand as well.

”If you or someone you know is interested in setting up and helping out the park, please contact me on my business page ASAP at Spaces are available,” said Fuller.

Fuller said a 10-by-10 space is $25. Participants must bring table and chairs. An umbrella is also suggested. The Connellsville Falcon Parents Association will supply the Connellsville Pride for the day, and Next Evolution MMA & Fitness, now open in Connellsville and owned by James and Dana Moore, will demonstrate self-defense and sign up those 10 years and older for classes.

Lynn's Pub and Grille will be cooking and selling food at the park all day. DJs from D&S Sounds, Darlene and Steve Fronius, will begin playing at 11 a.m.

An electronics ticket is being sold in advance for the chance to win one of 15 prizes, including an all-in-one desktop computer, an all-in-one printer, flash drive and tablet, a Nikon COOLPIX 16 MP digital camera with case, Swann home security system, VIZIO 31-inch Class LED Smart TV, a $250 Best Buy gift card, a laptop bundle with case, flash drive and printer, Aoole iPod Touch 4th generation and accessory kit, Apple iPad 2 16GB and accessory kit, Blu-ray home theater system, PS3 gamer bundle, GE 16MP digital camera with 8GB card and case, four ride all-day Kennywood passes and a 50-inch flat screen and home theater system. Each $10 ticket has 10 numbers. Drawings will begin at 1 p.m and continue every half hour until the final prize is announced at 8 p.m. Winners do not need to be present to win.

“There is about $5,000 worth of electronics on our ticket, and the donation is only $10,” said Fuller. If interested in purchasing a ticket, call Fuller at 724-880-7332. The ticket is sponsored by Fuller and Avon. It also can be purchased from members of the recreation board.

Fuller said Joanna Neiderhiser and the recreation board are helping her with the event.

“I hope everyone is just as excited as I am to have a fun day with the families in Connellsville. With events like these, we are able to reconnect to friends and loved ones, make new friends that last a lifetime but, most importantly, help bring positive changes when it's needed most,” said Fuller.

Nancy Henry is a contributing writer to the Daily Courier.

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