Jackson Council Candidate Shares Opinion of Jackson Day
By Bonnie Barrington
As a Jackson township business owner, I would like to say that I think this year’s Jackson Day was terrific, and thank everyone who made it possible. Thank you to all the Township employees and local business owners who were a part of it!
This is just a small taste of what this day could really be. The date of next year’s event needs to be booked as soon as possible and not last minute as we did this year. We need to give the sponsors enough time to budget for what they would like to provide. The schools need to be notified so that they can pass the information on to their sports teams and parents clubs, so they can have time to prepare for their exhibition. The Jackson Chamber of Commerce should promote the event within their members. The event should be on e-back pack, the local cable stations and much more publicized., including more professional signage donated by local sign companies. Next year, there should be no businesses turned away for lack of room, as we had more than enough space to accommodate twice the amount of vendors. Different levels of sponsorship – platinum, gold, silver and bronze, would provide more of an incentive to participate at a higher level. Plagues can be donated by local trophy and awards businesses, so they can be given to the sponsors as a thank you.
A special thank you goes out to my running mate Raymond Cattonar. Ray did a great job obtaining thousands of dollars of sponsorship monies to offset the cost of the rides for the kids. I personally witnessed how he volunteered countless hours of his personal time to solicit to every business he could think of who would be interested in being part of this day. He was asked to step down from the Jackson Day Committee when he announced his candidacy, but he continued to wrap up the loose ends to ensure it was done correctly. Even though my offer to help was turned down, Ray kept going. The day brought together businesses in a way that Jackson has never seen. These types of venues are important, as it allows businesses to see what Jackson really could be. A Community. A place where your business can really thrive. It is important to maintain the quality of this year’s event and upgrade it even further to more of a class act. This is all possible with the help of more volunteers and more refreshing ideas. With the right people and enough time, Jackson Day can be twice as big as this year! Why not throw a corporate sponsorship into the mix to really make things exciting!