It's just barely over, but it appears this year will be our most successful Summerfest ever.
(See the photo gallery)
A note from VHCA Board President Jack White:
I'd like to say a massive thank-you to our Co-Directors, Pamela Papner and Ann Guy, and all the Summerfest committee leads and board members who worked so hard on this. The parade (led by Kris Smith), dinner (led by David Wolfson) and movie on Friday were attended by 1200 residents, and fun was had by all.
We were fortunate to have Paige Hewell and former resident and board member Aly Higgins in charge of operations. The Kidsfest area (led by Arturo Cruz-Tucker) was the best ever and raised more than $5,000! The recycle shop and t-shirts (led by Ann Guy and Suzanne Scully) were outstanding. Our PR leads, Laura Joines and J.D. Kellum, got all the posters out, brochures delivered citywide, and managed as well to get Summerfest featured on "CBS Better Mornings Atlanta" on Friday – what great publicity! I'll mostly leave the acknowledgements of all the extraordinary volunteers and professionals to Pamela and Ann – they are almost too numerous to thank. I will add that if there is anyone in this community that John Becker (who led/managed all volunteers) doesn't know, it's not apparent to me.
By every measure – preparation (including the successful pleas to the weather gods), organization, enthusiasm, quality of artists, vendors, attendance – it was a fantastic weekend. And as for that other metric, income – well, that story too is properly left to Pamela, Ann and the committee after they sort things out. But they were smiling.