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Dearth of sponsors may endanger Lazy Daze fest

Organizers say new features are planned for 2014

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Some new features are planned for this year's Lazy Daze of Summer festival, but the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Arts Council first is looking for sponsors to help ensure those plans are realized.

"Every year we get fewer and fewer sponsors and the last couple years we've lost platinum sponsors," said arts council secretary Madelaine Gordon. "We really need platinum-level sponsors to make sure the festival can be held."

Most of the sponsors that have dropped out of supporting the festival cite the economy, Gordon said.

"They just aren't able to make as many donations as they used to," she said.

The new features for the festival can't be confirmed and announced until sponsorship money is arranged, Gordon said.

"We don't really put a bottom-line dollar amount for what we need," she said. "The fewer sponsorship dollars we get, the more we would have to scale back what we can offer at the festival."

Platinum sponsorships cost $1,000 and those sponsors get their own booth at the festival, Gordon said.

Other sponsorship levels are gold, $500; silver, $250; and bronze, $100. These levels offer space in a shared booth at the festival.

Smaller donations also are welcome, Gordon said.

The deadline for signing up as a platinum sponsor is May 15, so those sponsors' names can be included on the Lazy Daze poster, she said.

The arts council coordinates the festival with assistance from the city of Grandview Heights and the Grandview Public Library. More than 50 arts and craft makers participate in each year's festival. Last year, Lazy Daze marked its 20th anniversary.

"People really look forward to Lazy Daze each year. We had a huge crowd last year in the rain," Gordon said.

Besides providing a fun summer festival, the arts council uses Lazy Daze proceeds to fund scholarships and support local efforts such as the Pierce Field improvement project and the library, she said.

"It's a festival that really benefits the entire community," Gordon said.

Those interested in sponsoring the festival can use the form available at ghmcartscouncil. org or email the council at ghmcartscouncil@gmail.com.

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