Ed Briesemeister, Managing Director, announced that the Bay Center will host three community events in late April and early May. Hosting the events fulfills one of the Bay Center’s objectives of providing a venue for community and charitable events.
Beginning on April 24th, the Bay Center will host for the 20th straight year an exhibit of art from students of the Wayzata School District. Art will be displayed from all 11 Wayzata schools and all grades with a total of over 800 pieces of art on display. The display will be placed throughout the entire common area of the Bay Center and run through May 11th. There will be a special art opening celebration on May 2nd from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., when refreshments will be served.
The Bay Center will also host a huge gift and toy sale put on by the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life beginning Wednesday, April 22nd and concluding Saturday, April 25th. This sale sells products donated by local companies at a substantial discount with 100% of the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. The products that will be sold include educational toys and books that will be discounted up to 80%, scrapbooking supplies and party supplies with values up to $30, with most selling for just $1.
When asked to comment on the sale, Mark Scheidhauer, a volunteer putting on the event, stated, “We believe this 2nd annual sale offers people a great opportunity to save money while also contributing to the important work of the American Cancer Society. The quality and range of the products available for purchase is fantastic and so, it presents a great opportunity for people to stock up and save.”
New for this year, the American Cancer Society event will have a special preview day on April 22nd from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. For a $5 donation, people will be able to get a head start on the sale. Admission is free during the other sale days, with hours as follows:
- Thursday, April 23 noon – 8:00 p.m.
- Friday, April 24 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Saturday, April 25 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
For more information on the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, go to www.relayforlife.org/brooklyncentermn.
On May 7th and May 8th, the Bay Center will also host the Waytonka Club’s annual rummage sale. The Waytonka Club is a not for profit organization that raises funds to provide scholarships and other donations for the Wayzata community and local charities. One key goal for the 2009 rummage sale is to provide three $1,000 sholarships for Wayzata area students who plan to go into a medical field. The Waytonka Club was founded in 1937 and since then the club has donated over $100,000 in scholarships to Wayzata students.
All items sold at the rummage sale are donated and represent a wide range of gently used toys, housewares, clothes, furniture and more. 100% of the proceeds from the sale will go to fund local Wayzata area charities in addition to the scholarship program. Sale hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on May 7th and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on May 8th.
When asked to comment on the events at the Bay Center, Ed Briesemister commented, “The Bay Center has a long history of hosting charitable and public events important to the Wayzata community. We’re proud to be able to host these events and will continue to make the Bay Center available to community groups as we transition to the new Bay Center. Presbyterian Homes is planning that the new Bay Center, through space in the new Presbyterian Homes facilty and in the Park Plaza, will also provide a venue for community and charitable events that are so much a part of the fiber of the Wayzata community.”
For more information on the Wayzata Bay Center Redevelopment, go to www.wayzatabaydevco.com or contact Ed Briesemeister at (763) 245-0962. For more information on Presbyterian Homes, go to www.preshomes.org.