SANATOGA PA – Almost a year after the grand re-opening of Sunnybrook Ballroom, the foundation that spearheaded the drive for its restoration renewed its capital campaign Friday (March 27, 2009) with the e-mail distribution of a letter requesting donations from the public.
The Sunnybrook Foundation, which re-opened the historic ballroom and concert venue last April, hopes to raise $5.5 million for general renovations to, and expansion of, the property at 50 Sunnybrook Rd. Plans include construction of a proposed two-story performance center, according to foundation Chairman Thomas Sephakis.
Since Sunnybrook’s opening in 2008, after four years of dormancy, the facility has played host to more than 125 events, attended by more than 35,000 people, Sephakis wrote. The ballroom itself observes its 78th anniversary during 2009; Sunnybrook as an entity is four years older. “Sunnybrook is a lasting memory for many, and so we must preserve those memories for ages to come,” Sephakis’ letter noted.
The capital campaign covers the foundation’s five-phase plan to:
- Continue general renovations and revitalization;
- Build a new partial covered bridge entrance at SunnyBrook Road;
- Install a new billboard sign to promote events;
- Build a new pavilion and children’s park;
- Create the performance center;
- Install an outdoor stage, promenade and fountain on the site of Sunnybrook’s former swimming pool; and
- Revitalize the grounds area and general landscaping.
Contributions can be directed to The SunnyBrook Foundation, 50 Sunnybrook Road, Pottstown PA 19464. For more information, call 484-624-5186.
Logo image from The Sunnybrook Foundation