First responders' picnic and Oasis fund drive moving along
August 19, 2013, Organizers of the September 15 First Responders' Picnic on the square in Lincoln say the event is gathering steam.
In the dawn of the next morning, it looks like the Indian Maiden can't bear to look at the destruction to the Oasis Senior Center across the street.
Initially, a plan to have a family picnic for all the fire departments, first responders and their families was the goal for the day.
But it soon become apparent that donations to the Oasis Fire Fund to pay for the picnic could easily exceed the costs involved and it was decided that all excess funds be given to the Oasis.
Businesses have been coming forward to meet the needs for the picnic. Lincoln, IGA, Guzzardo's Italian Villa, Heather McLaughlin Wolf, AFLAC agent, St. Clara's Manor and the Lincoln Park District have already made commitments with several other businesses saying they too intend to donate to the event.
The special prints of the fire will be available from September 1 at the Lincoln Art Institute where larger copies of some of the most moving photos will be on display.
But there is more going on for the Oasis as well. The Sons of The American Legion are hosting the Lincoln Legion's famous breakfast buffet on September 8th with proceeds from that morning going to the Oasis. Prints will be available for purchase at that breakfast with all proceeds from their sale going to help the senior center begin plans for a new center.
Fricke Calvert Schrader also will use their technology to have a rolling DVD of many of the fire photos playing on a screen for visitors to look at as they enjoy the day.
With just under four weeks to go, everything is coming together nicely and organizers realize that many who will help are currently occupied working diligently on making the upcoming weekend’s Art & Balloon Fest a success.
WLCN 96.3 FM Atlanta has offered to use the power of the airwaves to make sure all their listeners are kept apprised of details as the day draws near.
Although the day is to honor first responders, everyone in the community is invited to come and visit and help the community honor all those who came to help. Several eateries on the square will be open with specials and that information will be forthcoming.
Checks to help with the event and the Oasis should be made payable to The Oasis Fire Fund c/o State Bank of Lincoln PO BOX 529, Lincoln, IL 62656
When the event is finished and any costs have been settled, the checking account and its balance will be turned over to the Oasis board so that they can continue their own drive to garner funds to rebuild their building or begin anew.