(Posted Feb. 2, 2022)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Mount Sterling’s new Friends of Parks & Rec group, formed at the end of last year, is already gaining traction.
“I’m very excited to be a part of this,” said Deanna Pettit who heads up the group.
Pettit announced several upcoming fundraisers to benefit Mason Park, including an adult prom set to take place Feb. 12 at her business, Hammertime Pub, 27 S. London St., Mt. Sterling. The theme is “Forever Young.” The deejay starts at 8 p.m.
The pub will be decorated prom-style. The event will include a king and queen contest, games, a taco bar, and a photo booth. Donations for the taco bar and photo booth will go to the village’s parks and rec fund.
Pettit also is collecting donations for a silent and live auction to take place in March or April at Hammertime Pub. New and gently used items can be dropped off at the pub. She also hopes to hold car washes this spring.
Pettit encourages other businesses or groups to come up with their own fundraisers to benefit Mount Sterling’s parks and recreation. Besides helping the village in general, the fundraising efforts go hand-in-hand with the village’s plans to apply for a state grant for improvements at Mason Park. Local fundraising reflects well on the application, Pettit said. The deadline to apply for next year’s state funding cycle is this March.
“We’re going to be able to do a lot with that grant if we can get it,” Pettit said. “We have the land. We just want to make (Mason Park) the best we can.”
On Jan. 24, village council approved donations to the parks and recreation fund:
- $2,680 raised by community members in honor of Michael Starr, a Mount Sterling resident who recently passed away;
- $500 from Frost, Brown, Todd Attorneys;
- $155 from Hammertime Pub from their chili cookoff; and
- $100 from Darryl Butz.
“This is great. We’re building that parks and rec fund,” said Mayor Marci Darlington.
To make a donation to the parks and recreation fund, make checks out to Village of Mount Sterling with a “parks and rec’ note in the memo line. Checks can be mailed or dropped off at town hall, 1 S. London St., Mt. Sterling, OH 43143.
The Friends of Parks & Rec group meets at 6 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month at town hall. Anyone is welcome to attend to learn more and share ideas for fundraisers and improvements at the park.