Corner Shack Summer Kick-Off raises $3166 for City trees

we greatly appreciate the folks willing to serve and support the Corner Shack ministry ... Marty & Connie McCabe

Corner Shack Summer Kick-Off more than successful. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

GREENVILLE—The weekly Christian-based youth group The Corner Shack officially kicked off summer on Tuesday, June 11, with an evening of fun, fellowship, and fundraising at the corner of Russ Road and State Route 121 on the northeast edge of Greenville. Nearly 300 people made the evening a large success at the corner of Russ Road and State Route 121 on the northeast edge of Greenville.

The event had live music, free food, laser tag, raffle prizes, free Kona Ice, volleyball, gaga ball, inflatables, DJ Shine, and more. The main attraction was two dunk tanks with a list of coaches and even the Greenville Mayor, who took a seat waiting to get wet.

Judge Julie Monnin gets knocked off her seat and takes the dunking tank plunge at Corner Shack Summer Kick-Off event. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“We’ve been doing a ministry similar to this for about 30 years,” said Marty McCabe, founder, along with his wife, Connie. “This is our biggest crowd yet.”

By the numbers, more than 150 teenagers attended, nearly 75 adults, and about 50 small children enjoyed the evening’s food, fun, and games.

The fundraising event benefited new Greenville City Park and Cemetery trees, which replaced the large downed trees from the recent tornado that ravaged the City Park and Greenville Union Cemetery.

High schoolers take up a game of volleyball at Corner Shack Summer Kick-Off. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“Our goal was to have a lot of fun in the presence of many Christian and great people,” McCabe noted. “We hoped to raise $1500 – $2000 tonight to go towards the park and cemetery trees.”

When the night was complete and the total tallied, $3,166 was raised for the Greenville City Park and Greenville Union Cemetery tree project.

“I was so happy to hear we raised more than our goal,” said McCabe.

Greenville’s Corner Shack Summer Kick-Off draws record numbers. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“It’s community support from the people coming to sit in the dunking tank like Greenville Mayor Jeff Whitaker, Judge Julie Monnin, GHS coaches, John Tabler, and many others,” he continued. “The kids are coming to dunk their coaches, so this is a record turnout. The dunk tanks are the biggest fundraiser.”

“People have stepped up for this event,” McCabe added. “We have two dunking tanks this year because one wasn’t enough when we asked people to sit in it. Everybody wanted to help raise this money for the city, so it was very easy. Everyone I asked to do anything said yes, so there you go, that’s what kind of city we live in.”

John Tabler takes the dunking tank drop in support of Corner Shack Summer Kick-Off fundraiser. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

This year young families with small children were invited to play on the many large inflatables and enjoy the food and drinks.

McCabe noted that many people stepped up to help with donations, making the event possible and raising money for trees.

Marty and Connie McCabe host annual Corner Shack Summer Kick-Off. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

A message and thanks from Connie and Marty McCabe:

Marty & Connie McCabe, and Corner Shack would like to thank, first and foremost, the Lord for blessing us in our ministry to help reach teens in the area for Christ, the perfect weather we had, and our wonderful community who showed up big time. We also want to thank the following sponsors and volunteers who helped make Tuesday’s Summer kick-off and Tree fundraiser for the Greenville Park and Union Cemetery successful.

We couldn’t do this event without our amazing volunteers who helped set up, tear down, man stations, bake cookies, donate food, agreed to sit in the dunking tanks, and helped in any other way.

Thank you to Christian Rock band He Knows Our Name, Star 88.3, Revive Ohio, Greenville Community of Faith Church, Ft. Jefferson Church, Casey’s, Winner’s Meats, Ketring Meats, Ace Hardware, Eikenberry’s IGA, My County, Premier Photo Journalism, MJS Plastics, Eldora Speedway, Greenville Parks Department, Greenville Athletic Department, Illumination Ministries and the many generous people who donated money toward our goal of $2,000. We surpassed that goal and raised $3,166.00!

Again, we greatly appreciate the folks willing to serve and support the Corner Shack ministry and this fantastic event.