Originally published in
Island Ad-Vantages, August 30, 2012
Community center’s 10th anniversary celebrations a “big success”
Island Community Center Executive Director Pat Gross said the weekend’s celebrations—which included a cookout, a magician, a Flash! in the Pans concert and fireworks—were a “big success.”
The festivities marking the 10 years of service to the community by the center included a “thank-you” cookout complete with bounce-house, magician and cake on Saturday and a street dance with music by Flash! followed by fireworks on Monday. The annual auction was not held on Sunday out of deference to the Heanssler family. The auction is rescheduled for Tuesday, September 18, at 6 p.m. at the community center.
The events of the weekend were just a “small way to return thanks to the community,” said Island Community Center board of trustees president Anne Sigmund. “We’re really grateful for all of the support we have had from the community,” said Sigmund. “We wouldn’t be where we are today if it weren’t for that. We’ve come a long way in 10 years.”
Sigmund said the board’s future goals for the center are to become increasingly self-sufficient. “We’re grateful for all the support we’ve gotten from the towns, but we know how difficult it is in this economy.”
Gross said community response to the anniversary has been extremely positive. “I’ve had a lot of people come up with good things to say,” said Gross, who said the center has also received many cards of congratulations. Gross was pleased with how well-received the magician’s performance was on Saturday afternoon.
For Sigmund, the highlight of the weekend’s celebration was the events on the Stonington pier on Monday night.
“Watching the fireworks while Flash in the Pans was playing was just about the most exciting thing I’ve seen in a long time,” said Sigmund.