On Thin 'Ice'
Published: October 31, 2013
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The children just wanted to chill with their favorite superheroes; the adults just wanted to create a memory.
When the Davison family decided to bring young Cole, Evan and Madelyn to the Clarks Summit Festival of Ice last winter, they were continuing a tradition that they have participated in for the past nine years.
"The Clarks Summit Festival of Ice has become a family ritual in our lives and, with the addition of grandchildren, we are passing that tradition down to them," said Mary Ellen Davison. "It's a wonderful, inclusive activity, which Clarks Summit offers to the community."
This year, however, the festival is in need of major sponsorships in order to survive. The festival is also celebrating its 10th anniversary in February 2014.
"We're concerned; but we don't want to be alarmist and say that the ice is melting," said Barry Kaplan, president of the Abington Business and Professional Association (ABPA), which organizes the festival. "We understand, as an organization, that so many organizations are struggling to raise funds. Everybody has their hand out and organizations everywhere are asking for money. We are faced with sponsors having more people coming to them asking for funds for all kinds of worthy events and causes. We realize that's part of the issue, but this is something that has been important to the community for 10 years."
The ABPA is looking for businesses to sponsor the event, ranging from the $7,500 presenting sponsor level through to various $1,000 sponsorship levels.
Kaplan described what February would be like in Clarks Summit without the festival.
"On President's Day weekend, the streets of Clarks Summit would be the normal day-to-day life," he said, "People would be wondering what to do over the holiday weekend. It would be a let down; a huge disappointment for so many people."
Davison agreed with Kaplan.
"There would be a great void in the month of February without this great festival," she said. "The many events offered give to choices to everyone."
For information on how to become a festival sponsor, visit www.theabingtons.org, call 570-587-9045 or email LauraABPA@aol.com.