Winner of Classic Corvette will be announced

Just when we need it the most, the Generation Park Block Party is taking over Redemption Square signaling that winter is over and summertime is on its way.

There will be live music for the ears, food trucks for the tummy, cool carnival games for the kids — and the young at heart, and a beer garden for those who want to sit, look and enjoy.

And smack dab in the middle of it all will be a priceless 2015 Corvette Z06-3LZ convertible, just waiting for a lucky ticket holder to claim it.

The Generation Park Block Party takes place Saturday, May 7, 4 to 10 p.m., in McCord Development’s stunning Generation Park, located just south of Beltway 8 next to West Lake Houston Parkway. The Block Party is open to the public.

Tickets are free and can be reserved at redemptionsquare.com. Free garage parking is available at 707 Redemption Square Road.

The Generation Park folks are partnering with the Rotary Club of Lake Houston for this third annual wingding and will share the proceeds from the fun and games to support Rotary’s scholarships and community grants.

“Three years ago, we scheduled our annual fundraiser while Generation Park was holding its block party, said Kathy Lemman, Lake Houston Rotary president.

“Ian Adler and I had participated in Partnership Lake Houston’s Leadership program a couple years ago, so he knew me to call and ask if, perhaps, we could partner,” Lemman recalled.

Adler is McCord Development’s director of marketing, focusing on Generation Park, and responsible for their marketing strategies and overseeing the creation and production of campaigns and advertising efforts.

Separately, Generation Park’s Block Party and Rotary’s annual fundraiser would each attract a formidable crowd. Together, they have created the preeminent first event of the summer season.

“We are so excited to partner with the innovative folks at McCord and the residents of Generation Park,” said Lemman.

The list of things to do at this year’s Block Party is almost endless:

-Enjoy the local school bands and five hours of live music featuring a variety of genres.

-Snack on food truck cuisine or peek at the tasty fare from Bibo’s Bistro and Bocca Italian Kitchen.

-Wash it down with a favorite beverage at the beer garden.

-Send the kids off to enjoy the kids’ entertainment and carnival games while the adults eyeball the artisan market featuring local vendors and producers of specialty products.

Block Party families will be the first to know who is driving home in that classic Corvette Convertible.

And those who stay until the conclusion will be treated to a magnificent fireworks send off.

The Lake Houston Rotary relies on just a couple of fundraisers to support its community projects, including their annual Corvette raffle.

“Every year, we raffle off a Corvette, thanks to Robbins Chevrolet of Humble,” said Lemman. “This year, a 2015 Corvette Zo6 Convertible is up for grabs for an investment of just $100 per ticket.”

At 9 p.m., during the Block Party, the ticket will be drawn, the winner announced, and someone will have the opportunity to leave the Block Party in glorious Corvette style.

Rotarians from both the Lake Houston club and their Summer Creek satellite club will be found throughout the Block Party, staffing the various games and kids’ activities and showing off the Classic Corvette Convertible.

Raffle and Block Party proceeds will allow the Lake Houston Rotarians to continue to award scholarships and grants. In October, for example, the Rotarians awarded almost $80,000 in grants to 16 area not-for-profit organizations during the club’s annual appreciation luncheon.

Since 2005, contributions from the Club to the Lake Houston community total almost $1.5 million. In addition to the grants, Rotary Club of Lake Houston also provides student scholarships, student leadership development programs, the Rotary youth exchange program, and support of the Humble ISD FFA Livestock Auction.

“We want everyone to be a part of this great community event to support our local not-for-profits,” said Lemman.

Look at the 2015 Corvette Convertible being auctioned off by the Rotary Club of Lake Houston, lharotary.com, and click on “Corvette Raffle.”

 

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.

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