Please join us as we celebrate the Earth and raise money for environmental causes at our annual Earth Day auction and dinner on Saturday March 23 at 6 pm at Mustard Seed Market and Café in Montrose, 3885 West Market St.
Regular tickets are $75 per person and Patron tickets are $125 per person. All tickets include a delicious buffet dinner and dessert. A cash bar with beer and wine will also be available. Enjoy a drink as you look over the silent auction items (and hopefully bid on some of them!).
We are pleased to announce that Tom James, the recently retired director of the Medina County Park District will be the recipient of the 2029 John F. Seiberling Achievement Award aat the Earth Day banquet on March 23. During his twenty-five year tenure Tom transformed the Park District from a small, poorly financed operation into one of the leading park systems in northeast Ohio.
In 1993, when Tom arrived, Medina County was the fastest growing county in the state, with an average of forty acres per week being lost to residential development, yet the park system consisted of seven mostly small parks and preserves totaling 1000 acres. Over the next twenty five years, the Park District created ten more parks and preserves and protected 5500 acres. Tom’s goal has been to be at least as aggressive in acquiring land as the residential housing deveropers. This meant supplementing tax revenues with grants from the Clean Ohio program and others and expanding the staff and public services. He has raised more than $8 million dollars for land acquisition and capital improvements and quadrupled the size of the staff. The Park District now offers a wide variety of services, from hikes and bird watching opportunities, to nature study and meeting places for community groups.
Tom has received many awards and honors from professional groups. The executive director of the Ohio Parks and recreation Association described him as “a leader among park directors” and a “mentor” to many of his professional colleagues.
To purchase tickets and/or contribute an item to the auction, please contact Neal Broida at 330-869-9604.
So bring your checkbook and your appetite and celebrate with us on March 23. Hope to see you there!