Thanks to everyone who stopped by the WBBZ-TV Gazebo at the Erie County Fair to spin the “Wheel of Summer Fun!” Those $1 donations added up, and we are proud to announce that close to $8,000 was raised for the Prevention Focus organization. This dynamic group goes into area schools and teaches young people about the dangers of substance abuse, ending the stigma with mental illness, and making healthy choices.
Our final “Team” photo was taken at closing time Sunday night wrapping up the #Best12DaysOfSummer.
Thanks to Preventionfocus Inc. Executive Director Matthew Smith and his team from for organizing and working the Gazebo “Wheel!” Included in the Sunday wrap photo are Matthew Wukovits from PV; Cat Miller; Karyn Reece; Chris Musial; and John Di Sciullo from Your Hometown MeTV Station; with Matthew Smith, and Rick Laude from PV.
So many more people from Prevention Focus need to be recognized, including coordinator Lanette Wherry, Lizzie Sneed, Paul Cameron, Jennifer Fitzery, Melissa Frawley, Daisy Ambrusko, Brad Martynowicz, Michelle Held, Cheryl Stevens, John Riccardi, Justin Proulx Grzyb, Christine Proulx Grzyb, and Patrick Moses. Without this team, we would not be able to have such an exciting Fair Gazebo destination, with great prizes.
Thanks to others on the WBBZ-TV team who attended, promoted and created the media energy. They include Creative Director Joe Maulucci for our TV spot and photos on the wheel, Technical Director Andy Smyczynski for the Fair Day LIVE segments and spots, Traffic Manager Patti Forbes and Diane Breen for scheduling; Polka Buzz host Ron Dombrowski for visiting, and station owner Phil Arno for his support.
Our prize sponsors included Salvatore’s Pizza and Babcia’s Pierogi-Chef’s Restaurant and Sto Lat Restaurant – plus all the great prizes provided by Prevention Focus.
Thanks especially to Fair Marketing Manager Holly Porempski Smyczynski, Fair CEO Jessica Underberg, and the Erie County Fair team. We appreciated the opportunity to have another winning cause related marketing partnership.
To quote the theme song from “The Carol Burnett Show,” – We’re so glad we had this time together!