The count is in for the amount that sponsors contributed toward South Fayette Township events this year, and the total exceeds $43,000.
“That represents the vast majority of the expenses, so we’re not having to spend taxpayer money,” township communications director Andrea Iglar said. “We’re able to get you involved as the sponsors and offer these wonderful programs to the community for free, which is an amazing thing to be able to do.”
Iglar served as emcee for South Fayette’s annual Thanks for Giving event, to which representatives of sponsoring businesses and other organizations were invited for lunch and recognition.
Sponsors for the Nov. 1 gathering at the Fairview Sunset Room were Dollar Bank, which has a South Fayette branch, and John Kosky Contracting, based in the township on Millers Run Road.
The township offers a variety of events throughout the year, as detailed by Paula Willis, parks and recreation director. The largest is Community Day, held in August at Fairview Park.
The event drew more than 6,000 people this year, almost double the attendance for 2018. More than 110 vendors participated, representing a 97% increase since Community Day returned to the township in 2016, and the event had 39 sponsors in 2019, up 457% from three years ago.
“We appreciate all the business support, whether it’s through vendors or sponsorships or volunteering,” Willis said. “Because it’s such a large-scale event, it would not be possible without all those involved.”
Overall, the township set a new record with 47 sponsors for events such as Earth Cleanup Day, Movies in the Park, Touch-a-Truck and the annual holiday celebration, which is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6 at South Fayette Volunteer Fire Department, 661 Millers Run Road.
The longest-running event is the Disabled Sportsmen’s Deer Hunt, in its 18th year. Seven hunters and more than 50 volunteers participated in 2019, with nine sponsors.
During Thanks for Giving, South Fayette commissioners Gwen Rodi and Rebecca Sray presented appreciation certificates and trophies to event sponsors, including:
- Partner level, $2,500-plus – Dollar Bank, Kiddie Academy of South Fayette, Washington Financial Bank and the law firm Goldberg, Kamin & Garvin LLC.;
- Ambassador, $1,500-2,499 – John Kosky Contracting, Stepping Stones Psychiatric Care and the Mitall Division of KU Resources Inc.;
- Champion, $1,000-1,499 –Dunkin’, FedEx, Realtor Jen Crouse, Silhol Builders Supply Co., TreeLine Church, Topgolf and Watson Institute.
Other sponsors received acknowledgement, along with organizations that were presented with special recognition, including the South West Communities Chamber of Commerce for its support.
Sponsoring four of more events during the year Kiddie Academy of South Fayette, John Kosky Contracting and Goldberg, Kamin & Garvin. The highest amount donated was by Dollar Bank, and Washington Financial Bank had the most overall giving to the township, including the company’s donation toward the summer playground camp program.