Student's artwork unveiling slated Sept. 21
Tickets are available for the Gahanna Parks & Recreation Foundation's second annual Friday After Five fundraiser, slated for 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at Creekside, 123 Mill St.
The fundraiser will feature a live and silent auction, food from the area's most popular restaurants, music and the unveiling of the second piece of public art by Gahanna Lincoln High School student Staci Alatsis.
She told ThisWeek she chose a design of three fish because she wanted to create a piece that was fun and playful.
"I wanted something that everyone could enjoy, whether they're a child or adult," she said. "The sculpture exposes and spotlights underwater life for us to witness on the surface."
Seven proposals by Gahanna Lincoln High School students were submitted for selection by the foundation's public art steering committee and Blacklick artist Steve Bush last spring. Alatsis' piece and one by Amber Mann were chosen as finalists.
The Friday After Five event will benefit the foundation, the camp scholarship fund (including Gahanna's youth sports programs) and public art initiatives.
"The scholarship fund provides the opportunity for kids to participate in Gahanna recreational programs and camps who may not be able to attend these types of events because of financial limitations," said Laurel Naegele, Friday After Five co-chair. "Research has found that participating in sports and educational nature programs can have a healthy developmental impact on young children."
Individual tickets cost $25, two tickets cost $40, or a table for eight could be purchased for $150. Each ticket includes a drink ticket and food. Tickets may be purchased on the foundation's website at gahannaparksandrecfoundation.org or by calling the city's parks-recreation department at 614-342-4250.
If supporters want to make a donation to the foundation but are unable to attend the event, they may do so through the website or by calling the parks department. Volunteers also are being sought for Friday After Five.
In 2011, the Three Creeks sculpture by Bush was unveiled during the inaugural event that raised $6,600 for foundation programs. The piece is near the lagoon at Creekside.