Chamber of commerce seeks community’s help to fund village ice skating rink
Last year it didn’t happen. This year it might not, either, if enough money isn’t raised to fund Patchogue Village’s first-ever ice skating rink.
“This is No. 1 on our wish list to Santa this year,” said Lori Belmonte, business promotions committee chair and owner of The Colony Shop, seeking the community’s help.
How much is needed?
A whopping $20,000 to support the synthetic rink’s three-day operation, tentatively scheduled for the date of the second annual Alive After Five Winter Wonderland on Thursday, Dec. 12 through Saturday, Dec. 14.
The old-fashioned rink will be open to skating from 5-10 p.m. on Thursday’s opening night, 4-10 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
The rink, if enough money is raised, will be located in the small parking lot behind Goldberg’s Bagels and Del Fiore Pizza.
Qualifying downtown purchases beginning on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 20 through Saturday, Dec. 14 will grant access to the rink with a voucher. No tickets can be purchased; only shoppers can skate.
How to help
The chamber is currently seeking sponsors for the event starting at $250 all the way up to the full $20,000. Lower sponsorships receive ads and press coverage while higher donations get that plus signage on the rink. $10,000 grants you presenting rights of the event, custom signage, press coverage, ads, a leader board on the chamber’s website for a whole year, two chamber email blasts, your logo on 50 admittance passes for the rink, a table at all holiday events for 2020 and panels branded with the logo exclusively; $20,000 gets all that plus a private one-hour closed session on the rink Dec. 14 and a free chamber membership for a year.
To reserve a sponsorship, call executive director David Kennedy at 631-207-1000.
According to Belmonte, donations of any size will help make the event happen.
“We will take $1 or even 50 cents,” she said, stating that those who want to see this happen have to make it happen by submitting check donations payable to the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce.
“We have a great plan to bring an ice rink to downtown Patchogue for a great holiday experience and make our Alive After Five Winter Wonderland an even better event,” said Kennedy. “Hopefully, some sponsors will come forth and help us make this happen.”
The main event is scheduled for Dec. 12 from 5-9 p.m. on East Main Street from South Ocean to Maple avenues with fun, family-friendly winter attractions, including bouncy houses, a trolley train and snow globe photo booths.
Last year’s initial attempt to get the rink was unsuccessful due to lack of funding. This year, according to Belmonte, if the same happens, the funds collected will still help fund the Winter Wonderland event.
“If you want to see this rink right here in Patchogue for the first time ever, you need to help us by raising the money for it,” she urged the public. “Tell Santa Patchogue has been very good this year!”n
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