A combination of factors has led the Ottawa Hills Schools Parent Association (OHSPA) and OH Boosters, the nonprofit support organizations behind the biennial event, to delay the Green Bear Ball from this coming spring to the fall of 2021.
The ball is traditionally OHSPA’s largest fundraiser, with one third of the funds raised going to OH Boosters for that group’s operating expenses, and the other two thirds going to a designated project. The April 2018 version – themed as “Ebony & Ivory” – raised enough money to buy the district a new Steinway piano.
Elle Cotterman and Julie Kowalczyk (pictured left to right), current Green Bear Ball co-chairs and village residents, proposed this year’s postponement to the Green Bear Ball (GBB) board of trustees and school board for three main reasons:
Sensitivity to the need of a new superintendent to develop relationships with school and community stakeholders, as well as time for him to establish a firm grasp of the needs of the district.
It was perceived that allotting some space between the $1.5 million Kadens Family Health & Wellness Capital Campaign would be appreciated by the ongoing financial supporters in our community.
The timeline to properly roll out the GBB project is of utmost importance, therefore a 2021 GBB is most appropriate.
The GBB board of trustees and the school board agreed with the proposal.
Recognizing that this postponement would result in OH Boosters falling short of expected revenue, Mrs. Cotterman and Mrs. Kowalczyk made an additional proposal. They would co-chair a silent auction to bring in revenue for the OH Boosters at a 2020 spring Community Wait Night, formerly known as Celebrity Wait Night (which due to unforeseen circumstances did not occur in spring 2019).
This event traditionally occurs on GBB off years, and is a fundraising collaboration between OHSPA and Ottawa Hills Music & Theatre Association (OHMTA). OHSPA and OHMTA agreed with the proposal, and quickly found gracious volunteers to co-chair the event. Paula Sweeney and Val Timmerman have agreed to be representatives from OHMTA, along with Beth Rotman, the OHSPA representative.
If you are interested in taking part in this event as a waiter, please contact Paula, Val, or Beth at the following email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.