Submitted by Mooseheart
Ever since its dedication ceremony in a large rented circus tent Sunday, July 27, 1913, Mooseheart Child City and School has given housing, education and stability to more than 12,000 children from across the continent and the world.
Exactly 100 years later -- Saturday, July 27, 2013 -- will be an all-day celebration of Mooseheart's mission and successes, as thousands of Moose members, Mooseheart alumni and members of the community will mark the history and the future of the community, with a 100-minute fun run, hours of free live entertainment, a carnival, food and beverage tents, and fireworks shot off from the riverbank at dusk. There also will be a groundbreaking ceremony for a $10 million renovation project of Mooseheart School. The Mooseheart Centennial Celebration will start at 9 a.m. and continue to the fireworks.
"The bottom line is Mooseheart would not exist if it wasn't for the ongoing support and generosity of the men and women of the Moose," said Mooseheart Executive Director Gary Urwiler. "We are looking forward to celebrating the grand occasion with our Moose members and Mooseheart students and kicking off the next 100 years of service to children of need."
A rededication ceremony for Mooseheart, honoring Mooseheart founder James J. Davis and first superintendent Rodney Brandon, and featuring remarks from former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, will highlight festivities at 11 a.m.
At 9 a.m., there will be the 100-minute Centennial Challenge Walk/Run. American English, a Beatles tribute band, will perform at 7 p.m. at the Ohio Moose Sports Complex. Enjoy music from the 1950s through '80s with the band Rick K and the Allnighters from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Throughout the afternoon, there will be a full carnival and pony rides, food, beer/soft drink tents, a petting zoo and a groundbreaking ceremony for the Mooseheart School renovation. At dusk, watch a spectacular fireworks display with great seating at Mooseheart's football stadium.
For a full, up-to-date schedule, visit www.Mooseheart.org.
Mooseheart Child City and School is a 1,000-acre community and school for children and teens in need of a secure home, located just south of Batavia, between Route 31 and Randall Road.