Dunbar Fest committee helps fund community projects
The Dunbar Community Fest Committee works hard all throughout the year, raising funds and planning its big annual event that takes place on the last Saturday in September every year.
For most organizations, raising money for a large festival is enough of an undertaking, but for the members of the Fest Committee, generating funding to help their community is also important, because the group uses part of its funds every year to do something for their community.
“We just all thought that it would be nice if we could also do things in the community to help the community in addition to having the Dunbar Community Fest,” Community Fest Chairman Cindy Moag said. “We put out four $1,400 tickets every year, and we take that proceeds from one of those tickets and put it toward a community project.”
Moag said that they save up for a few years to accummulate enough funds to do a fairly large project.
The first project that the committee completed for the community was the drilling of holes in the concrete in the borough so flags could be placed for patriotic holidays.
“The holes are in the sidewalks, so it's a more permanent placement now,” Moag said.
The committee was pleased to be able to complete their second community project this year, which was the upgrading of the new lighting for the borough's honor roll which sets upon the hill above the town.
“The honor roll is such a focal point here in the borough,” Moag said. “There aren't many other towns that have anything like our honor roll. We think its wonderful to have such a nice honor roll, and we wanted to see it better lit.”
Although there was existing lighting at the site, the Fest Committee purchased new equipment that lights up the site from the ground up.
“We looked at different types of lighting, and we are pleased with what we decided on,” Moag said.
Dunbar Fest Treasurer Linda Rechenberg said that the committee is happy with the final results of the new lighting, which were first observed by the community on Memorial Day.
“It looks so nice now,” Rechenberg said of the honor roll,” “It really looks nice in the evening with it all lit up.”
Moag said that the group will now begin saving for their next community project and are open to suggestions from borough residents as to ideas for their next venture.
“We are really pleased with the way the honor roll turned out, and I am so glad that we selected the lighting that we did,” Moag said. “You see it at night, and it just takes your breath away.”
Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.