Some 400 representatives of the Upper Arlington Civic Association will embark on an annual "The Walk" through the city May 4-15 to raise funds for events the organization puts on throughout the year.
CORRECTIONS: The print and earlier online version of this story gave incorrect dates for The Walk, which is scheduled for May 4-19, not May 4-15. The Upper Arlington Civic Association has been organizing events for 87 years, not 96 years. And the Upper Arlington High School senior who created the logo for The Walk is Jaclyn Kasai, not Jacklyn.
Some 400 representatives of the Upper Arlington Civic Association will embark on an annual "The Walk" through the city May 4-19 to raise funds for events the organization puts on throughout the year.
For 87 years, the UACA has organized and funded a growing number of events that now includes everything from an Easter candy hunt and Memorial Day Run to awards for outstanding educators and the July 4 parade and Party in the Park.
Those events are made possible by the work of the UACA's 32 directors, as well as membership fees and donations to the organization.
Much of the membership comes from The Walk, the organization's annual door-to-door fundraiser. UACA directors, members and other volunteers will visit about 10,000 houses in the city in hopes of building its membership base and collecting other donations that will support another year of community events.
"Every event put on by the civic association is fully funded by memberships," said Georgia Kaltenbach, second-year director for The Walk. "We work in conjunction with the city, but we are not funded in any way by the city."
In addition to Kaltenbach, The Walk this year is being organized by first-year directors for the event, Kim Ayars and Rob Wheaton.
UACA President Mark Abell said the organization has about 4,000 members each year. Individual memberships cost $10, which can be donated during The Walk or online at uaca.org. Families are asked to contribute $25 to become members.
Abell declined to say how much The Walk typically generates each year or how much the UACA spends on individual events, although he did say money collected during The Walk represents the majority of the UACA's annual finances.
"The memberships we get from The Walk generate around 90 percent of the civic association's donations," he said.
Kaltenbach said The Walk provides "critical" funding to the UACA, and any amount residents are willing to contribute is accepted and put to good use.
"Every penny is used in providing quality events for the community," she said.
If no one is home during their stop, UACA members leave information about the organization and how people can become members, as well as other ways to support its work.
"If someone comes to your door and they're wearing a button that says 'The Walk,' that's us," Kaltenbach said.
A new logo was created for The Walk this year by Upper Arlington High School senior Jaclyn Kasai.
Kasai and other members of UAHS art teacher Alicia McGinty's graphic design class took part in a UACA competition to design a new logo for The Walk.
"For the first time in at least a decade, we have updated all of our paper materials with the new logo," Kaltenbach said.
Kasai, who also is part of the UACA's Junior Directors program, received a $250 mini scholarship for creating the winning design.
UAHS senior Joshua Gorski also was given a $50 award for coming in second in the competition.
"Arlington is a unique mix of residents across all age ranges," Kaltenbach said. "The Civic Association finds it important to engage with our diverse community throughout the year. Each member feels it's their civic duty to make Upper Arlington a great place to live."