For Immediate Release
April 17, 2012
For More Information, Contact:
Dan Williamson, 614-645-5300
Final Bicentennial Celebration Hosted Thursday at Gillie Recreation Center
(COLUMBUS, OH) – In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the founding of the city of Columbus, Mayor Michael B. Coleman, City Council, the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department and 200Columbus are uniting with neighborhoods to host regional parties at City Recreation Centers. These free, public celebrations join with hundreds of 200Columbus events to honor our city’s history, celebrate what we love about Columbus today, and envision the future we are building together.
“We’re going to the heart of our neighborhoods, north, south, east and west, and inviting the public to celebrate Columbus with these special events in our recreation centers,” said Mayor Michael B. Coleman. “I look forward to cutting great birthday cakes, seeing local performances, and enjoying the company of families from across the city.”
Each regional birthday event is free and open to the public thanks to the generous sponsorship of Mount Carmel Health System, Kroger, White Castle, Floyd Browne Group and CT Consultants. The events will include specially designed Birthday cakes from Kroger, visits from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, refreshments, local entertainment and activities, history discussions and an address from Mayor Coleman.
Gillie Recreation Center, April 19, 5:00pm–9:00pm
2100 Morse Rd, 614-645-3106
Like dessert, Gillie has saved the best for last among the four regional celebrations. The celebration, sponsored by Floyd Browne Group, CT Consultants, White Castle and Kroger will be at the Gillie Recreation Center. It will include a fashion show from by-gone eras to present, with headliner Michael Rose, best known for his Elvis impersonations. The event will also feature ballroom dancing and magic shows for children. Columbus City Councilmember Michelle Mills will be on hand for the festivities. Other Northside community recreation centers will showcase center programs and activities.
More information and maps are available at: www.200Columbus.com
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Columbus Bicentennial 2012 is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to developing a robust and transformative commemoration of the city’s bicentennial in 2012 that is a catalyst for greater economic prosperity. The goal for 200Columbus is a community that is more inspired, proud and engaged in their progress and increasing the vitality of Columbus. This will lead to a community that is better recognized locally and globally as one of the best places to live, work and play.