Dillon seeks nonprofits to operate Marina Park concession stand
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DILLON – To better serve lake-front visitors, attract people to the town center and help out local nonprofits, Dillon is seeking to offer its Marina Park concession stand for fundraising.
“The town feels that the concession stand is under utilized,” said Susan Fairweather, Dillon’s event director. “There’s not enough prepackaged casual food items for families visiting the playground.”
And nonprofits have increasingly needed financial backing – like food banks and human services organizations – to supplement costs while feeling the burn of a down economy. Dillon is offering a creative way to bolster nonprofits’ revenue streams while catering to locals and tourists.
According to Fairweather, the concession stand currently only opens on Saturday nights and sometimes for town “nature nights.” Dillon staff wants to open it up more often so people who use the lake front can get snacks and beverages.
“It’s all about convenience and serving our visitors,” she said.
The Town of Dillon is offering the concession stand for one shift per week for approximately six weeks in July and August. Hours are: Thursday and Friday, 1-5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and potentially 2-6 p.m. An informational meeting about fundraising possibilities is set for July 13. It starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Dillon Town Hall.
To set up shop, nonprofit organizations will purchase candy, snacks and drinks. Items will be sold at preset prices, and any profit made is kept by the organization running the booth, Fairweather said. The town pays for the building, essentially allowing for organizations to use the space.
“It would be just like a booster club selling candy at a football game,” Fairweather said.
Dillon’s staff is offering this fundraising opportunity this year on a trial basis to see how it works, said Devin Granbery, Dillon’s town manager. It will be evaluated at the end of summer season to see if it can be expanded next year.
For more information about the fundraising opportunity, e-mail Dana Christiansen at jackie
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit townofdillon.com.
Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at
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