Gloria Knox, president of the alliance, said the park has a lot of history. The fountain, originally built in 1929 to commemorate the anniversary of Thomas Edison’s incandescent light bulb, is one of the many items on the docket for restoration. The fundraising event will also honor many of the people involved in the park’s restoration, including Bertrand Artigues, Tracey Diefenbach, Gary Diley, Tippy Dworzanski, the Rev. John P. Downey, Jerry Fagley, Barbara Macks, James E. Martin, James W. Martin, Colm McWilliams, Ray Moluski, Fr. Steve Simon, Jennifer Snow and Linda Wagner.
The event will honor four sponsors for the four outside corners of the park that include Stairways Behavioral Health board members, Gannon University, Kiwanis of Erie and PNC Bank.The host committee includes Paul and Tracey Diefenbach, Erie Beer, Kidder Wachter Architecture & Design, Kimkopy Printing, Knox, McLaughlin, Gornall & Sennett PC, Wally and Gloria Knox, Northwest Savings Bank, UPMC Hamot, Sherlocks/Park Place and Sunburst Electronics.
Tickets to the event planned from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Erie Insurance Atrium with cocktails, hours d’oevres and music. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information, contact Gloria Knox at 456-1888 or Glomom55@aol.com.