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Fundraiser set up for Skatepark

Thursday, August 25, 2011

A Brazil resident who has been working to bring a skatepark to her town, hopes a fundraising dinner will bring her one step closer.

On Sept. 29, a Country Rhodes dinner will take place, the night before the Popcorn Festival starts, to help raise money for a skatepark in Brazil.

Roberta Weliever has been working since retiring from teaching in 2007 to bring a skatepark to Brazil.

Weliever said she has been working with a committee and kids she taught in school, but has also done a lot on her own.

"I've got a committee, and we started in 2007," Weliever said, "but a lot of those kids that I had at North Clay Middle School, that were on my newspaper club, would write articles about skateboarding and so finally, they came to me and said we would like to talk to the mayor, because we would like to try to get a skatepark built in Brazil."

Weliever said that she promised the kids when she retired she would do her best to get the skatepark built, and she has been working at it ever since.

Weliever said the lot designated for the skatepark is at the corner of Jackson and Wesley Church Streets.

The biggest amount of money, according to Weliever, is needed for the concrete, because they have already purchased the skate equipment.

Weliever said they have received quite a few grants for the skatepark from local businesses as well as a Tony Hawk grant.

"We received a $7,500 matching grant from the Clay Community Foundation, so we're trying to match that, and we've got money in the bank, but we're going to need for the concrete, (an estimated $38,000)," Weliever said.

The Country Rhodes Dinner is all-you-can-eat and will be accompanied by other events.

"The Thursday night before (the popcorn festival) the carnival is going to be there and then several dance studios are going to come in, and they're going to have an applause-o-meter," Weliever said. "I want to get a lot of publicity for it because I have to sell 300 tickets ahead of time."

Weliever said the dinner will feature items like popcorn shrimp, chicken strips, a salad buffet and hushpuppies, along with much more.

The cost for the all-you-can-eat buffet will be $8.50 for adults and $5.50 for kids and will be from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Forest Park Pavilion.

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Thank you Charles and Roberta Weliever for your endless (and sometimes thankless) work. I don't see how anyone cannot appreciate what you are doing for the community, but all some people want to do is complain.

Thanks again... See you at the fish fry!

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Fri, Aug 26, 2011, at 2:47 PM

How great is it to do something so wonderful for out kids. Thanks Weilievers and all who have made this project possible. God bless.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Sun, Aug 28, 2011, at 8:59 PM

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