The Gahanna Parks and Recreation Foundation pours proceeds from its annual Creekside Hops and Vines Festival back into the community for youth scholarships to Camp Friendship, as well as to keep up city parks.
The annual festival will be 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 22 at 123 Mill St. when the foundation raises funds for the Gahanna community.
Lee Tucker, chairman of the Gahanna Parks and Recreation Foundation, said Gahanna's new seven-acre park that is being developed on the west side is one of the benefactors of the nonprofit's fundraiser.
"We've (raised) $25,000 for that park itself," he said. "That's something that's larger scale than we have done before. That was one of the largest donations we gave back to help the city at any one time."
Gahanna Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Barr said financial support from the foundation is vital to parks and recreation programming.
"The foundation contributed financially toward the new park at Hines and McCutcheon roads, and with their support, the department can provide camp and aquatic scholarships to Gahanna youth," he said.
Barr said phase one construction of the park is on schedule, and he anticipates a ribbon-cutting ceremony as early as mid- to late October.
The first phase includes a playground, a restroom and a loop trail, according to Barr.
He said a basketball court, a tennis court and a picnic shelter are planned for 2019, if funding is available.
Since it was established in 2008, the foundation has raised nearly $500,000 through community sponsorships, events and donations, and given more than $300,000 back to the Gahanna community through scholarships, park improvements, community partnerships and more, according to Niel Jurist, Gahanna public information manager.
Tucker said the foundation has been asked to provide more funds for scholarships than ever before.
Hops and Vines raised more than $25,870 in 2017, as it sold out with about 800 ticket sales.
Tucker said he anticipates another sell-out.
Funds are raised through a portion of the ticket sales, as well as a "Fund the Need" auction.
"We are adding a local distillery that will be there," Tucker said. "It's not just hops and vines, but spirits. We will have a wine and beer pull, and we're also raffling off some nice prizes."
Participants include Kindred Ales, North High Brewing, Pigskin Brewing Company, Seventh Son Brewing, Platform Beer Co., Homestead Beer Company, Camelot Cellars, Wyandot Winery, Middle West Spirits, Watershed Distillery and Noble Cut Distillery.
The event also will feature live entertainment from JJ Snare, free gourmet tacos provided by Local Cantina and barbecue from Barrel and Boar Creekside.
Tickets are available online through Sept. 22 at https://bit.ly/2C184wU.
Admission costs $55 and includes 16 tasting tickets and free food from local restaurants.
Designated-driver tickets also are available at $30 for attendees providing safe transportation for other guests.
If tickets are not sold out, both tickets can be purchased the day of the event for an additional fee.
All attendees must be 21 years of age.