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Celebrate Poland begins year with fundraiser
February 1, 2018

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On Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon, the Celebrate Poland Committee will be holding a pancake breakfast and basket raffle at Poland High School. The breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, beverages, and a special Valentine's treat.

This event is the only fundraiser for the non-profit Celebrate Poland event. Proceeds pay for the fireworks, entertainment, and all other expenses of this annual community festival.

"A lofty goal would be $2,000," said Celebrate Poland President Cindy Best. "Of course if we made more it would certainly be helpful because we run on donations and sponsorship's only. We are currently looking for sponsors for Disco Inferno and other activities."

Celebrate Poland is in its twelfth year, tenth year as a two-day event. Best said work actually began in August of last year. She said the committee took the month of July off before jumping back in.

Among returning events already in the works for this June include the band Disco Inferno on Friday night after the Fireman's Parade. On Saturday, Amazon Eric and his reptiles will be back, as well as family games, bounces, Poland Idol, pony rides, craft show and more surprises for the families.

"Of course we will end Saturday with a spectacular firework show," Best said. "We also have some of the best food vendors around and every year."

Best said when the two days end and she has time to reflect, it makes her feel good inside.

"I love being a part of this community and being a realtor I love the history of our neighborhoods and homes," she said. "It gives me such a good feeling to watch adults and children alike gathering, conversing and just having a good time with their families, relatives, friends and neighbors. Watching parents and grandparents put out their chairs and blankets to cheer on their children on as they sing in Poland Idol or touch a reptile for the first time are all great but the absolute best is when everyone is on the field waiting for the fireworks and I look out from the stage at a sea of families and friends all sitting together enjoying time with each other. Knowing that in some small way I helped make that happen just makes me incredibly happy."

For those unable to attend the Feb. 10 event, but want to help out, donations may be sent to Celebrate Poland, P.O. Box 14585, Poland, OH 44514.

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