Donations being accepted every Saturday
by Julie Ann Madden
It’s going to be an afternoon of old-fashioned country fun.
Root beer floats, watermelon and an auction: an afternoon for family and friends to gather in downtown Akron.
Mayor Harold Higman Jr. is calling the celebration “Watermelon Day,” which used to be an annual event in Akron in the 1950s and 1960s.
The fun begins at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25 on Reed Street between Iowa Highway 12 and Third Street.
New Horizons Church of Christ congregation will be offering root beer floats and a place for people to gather out of the hot summer sun at their church, which is housed in the first floor of the Akron Opera House.
Hank Krause and Bob Frerichs will be in charge of cutting the truckload of watermelons Higman is supplying. Just come downtown for a free slice or two.
At 5 p.m., an auction will be held with the proceeds going to the New Care Center Project.
People have been donating items for the last month or so: a 1991 Cadillac Deville 6-door stretch, John Deere clock, freezer, antiques and much much more.
People can still donate items for this auction and Higman encourage people to donate to this worthy cause.
The New Care Center Project is the construction of a new nursing home on the eastern edge of Akron. Construction is already well underway. With its “Neighborhood Concept,” the facility will provide 45 elderly and disabled residents a home. In addition, skilled care therapies will be available for those needing physical, speech and occupational therapies.
According to the project’s fundraising thermometer setting at the west end of Reed Street, the community still needs to raise $500,000.
Every bit helps – both donors and bidders are needed. For more information, contact Higman at 568-2852 or Dr. Warren Thompson at 568-2872.