Full day of activities in Ostrander Saturday
to benefit park in memory of Larry Vreeman
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 4:36 AM
Park, run, bag and dance in Ostrander in memory of Larry Vreeman.
Vreeman was a long-time resident of Ostrander where he worked at Security State Bank for many years.
He also had an interest in the community, and particularly the park, which is why the community has come together to plan the Larry Vreeman Memorial Park Fundraiser set for this weekend, Saturday, June 21, to benefit Ostrander's City Park.
"He was an active citizen and neighbor in Ostrander, very involved in the aspects of the community...actively involved in keeping the park updated, taking care of it and making sure the kids had a fun, safe and clean environment to play in," explained Jackie Horsman. The park may be a place where childhood memories have been made, but it is also a place in need of updates and "things to freshen it up," she explained.
Vreeman's son, Brandon, shared on the event's Facebook page that he and his family "wanted to do something to celebrate a man that we greatly miss, in a way we think would make him proud.
"Helping people was what my dad was all about. We thought the 10-year anniversary of his passing would be a great opportunity to put more money into the Ostrander City Park budget. My dad, along with many others, worked hard to get money for the park structure, build the park structure, and continue to maintain and improve the structure today. My dad, who was diagnosed with a terminal form of cancer, wanted to leave something behind for his future grandchildren and for the children of Ostrander."
However, now the park needs some continued maintenance and improvements, which requires additional funds, thus the need for the event on Saturday.
"My family and I want to see this park live on. My kids, my sister's kids, his godchildren, and many other kids enjoy playing on this park structure. We want this park structure to be around for a long time," stated Brandon.
The day includes a 5K run, a craft show, children's activities, a beanbag tournament, live auction and music provided by "Luke and Bob Texas," with all proceeds benefitting the park fund.
The day begins with free-will donation registration for the 5K at 8 a.m. and a 9 a.m. run start. The route will be laps through Ostrander. The craft show at the community center runs from 8 a.m. to noon and features vendors such as Scentsy, Tastefully Simple, Clever Containers and Ostrander's own Sweetie Cakes. The children's activities sponsored by the Bloomfield Cloverleaves 4-H Club run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The national league rule-based beanbag tournament at the Wolf's Den is at 2 p.m. with team registration prior. The live auction starts at 7 p.m.
The event ends under the stars with "Luke and Bob Texas" from 8 p.m. to midnight. Horsman shared that "'Luke and Bob Texas' have been on the local music scene since 2010 and have built quite a fan base and following." The band is influenced heavily by the music of Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, and many other "old country" singers. The Wolf's Den will be hosting this event.
She promised that the rain-or-shine fundraiser will be a great event to attend. "There is something for every age, and it is truly a family event, as family was so important to Larry. The day is packed with activities," said Horsman. "A great way to spend the day with your family or friends, have a great time and contribute to a beautiful cause."
For more information on the Larry Vreeman Memorial Park Fundraiser, which has events throughout Ostrander on Saturday, contact Lynne Dempewolf at the Wolf's Den or Horsman at firstname.lastname@example.org.