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'Moose's Mission' fundraiser in photos

by jmaloni
Tue, Aug 6th 2019 09:20 am
Event organizer and Village of Lewiston Deputy Mayor Vic Eydt prepares to soak Mayor Anne Welch.
Event organizer and Village of Lewiston Deputy Mayor Vic Eydt prepares to soak Mayor Anne Welch.

On Saturday, Aug. 3, Lower Niagara Moose Lodge No. 584 proudly presented “Moose’s Mission,” a benefit for Lewiston’s all-inclusive playground project set to be built in Marilyn Toohey Park.

The event included games of chance for adults, large bounce houses for children, live music, a classic car show, a petting zoo courtesy of Shenandoah Acres, face-painting and food from village restaurants.

“Moose’s Mission” was organized by Village of Lewiston Deputy Mayor Vic Eydt and Ashley Olds – both members of the lodge. The goal was to offset some of the roughly $700,000 project cost.

Eydt said, “It went over pretty good. We don’t have final figures or anything yet, but I think we're going to be pretty decent.”

He added, “It seemed like everybody I've talked to said they had a great time.”

One of the most popular activities was a dunk tank featuring local elected leaders. Among the participants, Mayor Anne Welch and Assemblyman Angelo Morinello were sent into the water several times – many trips courtesy of grandchildren.

“You want to know something? That was one of the biggest hits we had at the whole place,” Eydt said. “Everybody had a riot doing it. All the politicians, they love doing it. They go, ‘This is great. It’s better than just going and talking to people. We actually got involved.’ … They all said they loved it.”

The nearly 14,000-square-foot inclusive playground will provide a welcoming recreational area for children of all abilities. Plans call for enhanced safety and shading features; sound, motion/movement and sensory-sensitive areas for kids with special needs; musical instruments; new "buddy" swings, We-saw seesaws and wheelchair-accessible slides; a seated zipline; open green space to interact or just stretch; and a splash pad.

PHOTOS:

Mayor Anne Welch in the dunk tank.

Assemblyman Angelo Morinello is about to go for a swim.

The Como Deli on Center

Casa Antica

The playground plans were on display.

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