Porter Town Council
member Ross LeBleu said he would offer a helping hand to Porter Cove
residents who are eager to help the Town raise money to install new
equipment at Kids Cove Playground.
At the end of the
Town Council’s meeting on Tuesday, LeBleu expressed his “disappointment”
that nobody was out collecting donations for the playgrounds during the
Family 4th Festival last week after Parks Department Director Brian Bugajski
invited the residents to collect donations. LeBleu said he’s been a part of
fundraising at previous festivals such as selling T-shirts or ice cream for
example, which have been successful.
“I’m kind of
disappointed that no one showed up and I didn’t understand why,” LeBleu
said. “The family 4th fest is one of the most attended events at Hawthorne
resident Gus Brown came to the Council’s Feb. 28 meeting and challenged the
Council to come up with ways to raise money for Kids Cove playground,
complaining that there was no plan made to replace the aging equipment.
Porter Cove is home to more than 20 percent of the Town’s population and the
playground would be an asset to families that reside there, he said.
met with Bugajski and Town Council members Bill Lopez and Erik Wagner,
discussing fundraising efforts and programs, according to LeBleu.
LeBleu said that he
would like to see if there is a way to get Brown and other Porter Cove
residents involved with the upcoming Porter Perfect Pint festival this fall,
suggesting that they can find items to donate for the silent auction “which
raises a lot of money for the Parks Department every year.”
“If we can get them
to help donate auction items. I will be more than willing to work with
Porter Perfect Pint to raise money for Porter Cove for their park
equipment,” said LeBleu. “All you have to do is ask for me to help and I