People spending time in their parks is at the center of the Foundation for Geauga Parks (FGP) mission to “fund community engagement with nature through education, preservation, conservation and appreciation of the unique natural character of Geauga County.” For thirty years the FGP has fulfilled that mission by raising money to create some of the most beloved parks and nature education programs in the region.
The 2020 pandemic made it impossible to hold the annual Twilight Soiree fundraising event, but it has not dampened the enthusiasm of Foundation Trustees and staff to continue to raise funds and support parks in Geauga. The Foundation for Geauga Parks announces their first-ever Geauga Trail Challenge: Walk-Run-Ride as a way to engage the public in enjoying their parks while supporting the work of the Foundation.
What: Geauga Trail Challenge is open to any individual park supporters to set personal activity goals for exploring their parks, while appealing to friends and family to “sponsor” their goals with donations and pledges to the Foundation for Geauga Parks.
When: October 1 – 31, 2020
Why: Foundation for Geauga Parks is the only philanthropic nonprofit organization in Geauga County dedicated solely to raising money for any and all parks in Geauga. Large signature fundraising successes are The West Woods preservation and Nature Center campaigns, the Observatory Park campaign, and full support of the Nature Scope binocular program for students. Current projects include launching a Pollinator Garden Pilot Program, providing mobile nature education supply tubs to be used in Geauga schools, and underwriting habitat improvements in Frohring Meadows and Observatory Park.
Who: Park lovers across Geauga County and beyond may participate by creating a team, joining a team, or joining as an individual.
How: There are numerous ways to participate: Walk, Run, Ride-a-bike, Ride-a-horse or other favorite park activity
1. Create a team to complete an activity challenge during the month of October, and invite friends & family to join you in the activity and/or donate to your efforts
2. Join a team to complete an activity challenge and invite friends and family to donate to your efforts
3. Participate as an individual by setting an activity goal and inviting friends and family to donate to your efforts.
4. Make a donation to the Foundation for Geauga Parks.
Park lovers everywhere may participate in the challenge and enjoy their parks as an individual or part of a team. You are not required to do so as a fundraiser.
Log in to https://secure.qgiv.com/event/fgpchallenge/ for all details about the event.
The Foundation for Geauga Parks is grateful to the following partners: Lead Sponsor: Auxin Wealth Management Sustainability Sponsors: Kinetico Incorporated John W. Rosenthal Capital Management Linda L. Brown, PhD LLC Patterson Fruit Farm Sheoga Hardwood Flooring & Paneling University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center