Silver Lake -- The village is gearing up for its 100th birthday party next year.
There are three fundraising events planned this year, as well as other efforts to raise money for the centennial celebration, according to Mayor Bernie Hovey. He noted the goal is to raise between $15,000 and $20,000 for the 100th anniversary activities in 2018.
The first fundraising event will be a 5K Race and Family Fun Run on June 3 starting at 7:30 a.m. Those interested in running should go to the village website at www.villageofsilverlake.com and click on the "Centennial" link. The registration fee for the 5K is $25 and the fee for the Fun Run is $10. The race will start and finish at the boathouse.
Upcoming fundraising events include a pancake breakfast and mum sale on Sept. 23 and a golf outing at Silver Lake Country Club Oct. 2.
One fundraising activity that is underway is the sale of commemorative bricks. The village is planning to install a sidewalk that runs from the front of the gazebo to Silver Lake Boulevard. Hovey noted various options are being examined on how the bricks will be used in conjunction with the walkway. Options include making the bricks part of the sidewalk or putting them in as a border along the sidewalk, he said.
So far, about 80 to 90 bricks have been sold and the mayor said he is hoping that 500 will be purchased. Hovey said he would like to have all of the bricks sold by the end of the summer.
Bricks cost $50 each. Those purchasing bricks will be able to include their name and/or a message on the objects. Forms to purchase the bricks can be found at www.villageofsilverlake.com or at Village Hall, 2961 Kent Road.
Hovey said the village is also encouraging local businesses to purchase a banner containing a special centennial logo, along with the wording "The Village of Silver Lake Celebrating 100 Years 1918-2018."
Businesses will be offered the opportunity to purchase the banner and have their company name listed on the banner as a sponsor of the centennial celebration, according to Hovey. A sample version of the banner has been created and it sits in the mayor's office now. Hovey said the logo and the wording will be reduced and the "1918-2018" will be moved to the top of the banner to make room for a company's name.
The mayor noted he will soon select locations where the banners (which will hang on a pole) could be placed in the village. At this point, prices have not been determined, according to Hovey.
A commemorative booklet will also be put together and businesses will be approached to purchase advertising in the publication, Hovey said. That booklet will be available at Village Hall throughout the year in 2018.
The mayor added that the possibility of selling flags to residents is under consideration.
A centennial committee chaired by Nancy Gray is meeting on the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in Village Hall, 2961 Kent Road. There are also subcommittees working on specific events such as the 5K and the golf outing. Anyone who is interested in helping out is welcome to attend. The next meeting is May 17.