BENEFITING: IQUILT PARTNERSHIP INC
EVENT DATE: Jun 20, 2017
We know you're putting your bathing suit on right now, but please-- get in the SNOWY, COLD NEW ENGLAND spirit. Make a donation to save the Winterfest Skating rink. Just $5 gives a child or a fellow citizen the chance to skate (and a bigger donation helps more and more).
If you've been to the ice rink in Bushnell Park, you know how special it is. It's everything Hartford wants to be: inclusive, affordable, joyful, and fun. The Winterfest Skating Rink is a Hartford success story: for the past few years, it has brought families, friends, teens, kids, and adventurers to Bushnell Park for free skating (with free rentals!). It's simple, and it's beautiful. About half of the skaters are from Hartford, and the other half are from surrounding towns and tourists. It's precisely the vision of Hartford we've all wanted to see. Due to cuts in the city's budget, the rink lost its a significant portion of its funding for the 2016-17 season. Thanks to foundations, corporations, and individuals, we were able to raise enough money to open the rink last year, and that's what our goal for this year is as well.
So, who uses the rink and why do they deserve your donation?
Moms and Dads teaching their kids to skate. Teenagers who don't have other teen-centric activities to keep them occupied in the winter months. Nervous young men about to propose to their girlfriends in the middle of the rink. Families who can't afford a big Christmas vacation when school is out and instead go skating every day. Refugee families who take the bus from the South End to celebrate the holidays in the USA for the first time. Suburban families who combine it with a trip to the Wadsworth or a local restaurant, who walk away thinking Hartford is pretty cool... IT IS! Folks looking for a healthy, active alternative to Christmas cookies. Residents who want to bring their visiting families to something fun. Anyone who wants to break up the long Connecticut winter with joy, music, laughter, and community. People of every age, ethnicity, class, gender, and religion. It is truly the place that everyone hits up at least once every winter. I use it. You use it. And if you don't, you should, because it's awesome.
If you are more comfortable donating directly, you can mail a check to The iQuilt Partnership, 31 Pratt Street, 5th Floor, Hartford, CT 06103. Can I volunteer? How else can I help? I would pay to skate! The best way to help is to donate to this budget. That helps us set up the actual, physical rink, which is the most important thing. If you can't donate much, help spread the word! If we can get over $245,000, we will keep the rink open for a longer period. If we get WAY too much, then we will save it for 2018.