PHOTO CAPTION: Winners of the 2022 Fulton Block Builder Award celebrated with a picnic at the leisure park
FULTON – On August 7, organizers Fulton Block Builders (FBB) invited 200 homeowners in 23 separate blocks to a celebration picnic.
“Normally we would host a dinner party at River Vista or Virgilio’s Banquet Centers, but Covid prevented us from doing so,” said Linda Eagan, director of FBB. “This year, FBB Social Events Co-Chairs Kelly Niccoli and Chris Weaver suggested we host an outdoor picnic, allowing us to continue celebrating as a group while staying safe.”
The Fulton Block Builder Project is dedicated to revitalizing neighborhoods in Fulton, one block at a time. A key part of the program is bringing neighbors together as a group. By applying together, the neighbors know that their investment in their home will pay off because many around them are doing the same. They get to know each other, share resources and plan celebrations. In doing so, the blocks increase community engagement, neighborhood pride and attract new residents to Fulton.
“We’ve missed our big group dinner for the past few years,” Niccoli said. “It is important that the blocks come together as a whole. It’s a visual to let every homeowner know that it’s not just their home or building, it’s big and tall, it’s good for our city.
“The picnic was great fun for all ages,” Eagan continued. “We had delicious food from Mr. Mikes, bouncy houses and obstacle courses for the kids, comfy seats in the shade of the tents from Rupert’s Rentals and a sound system from Joe Cortini. I cannot thank Kelly and Chris enough for the excellent planning. Everything was great.
Now that the prizes have been awarded for 2022, ANY block in the city can start getting organized for 2023. There are target areas that FBB will identify, but that’s just the starting point. ANY city block can apply for a block grant, and FBB Ambassadors, who guide neighborhoods through the process, are ready to help.
Call (315) 529-9181 to find out how or find more information at: https://www.fultonblockbuilders.com/ or our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pg/fultonblockbuilders/posts /?ref = internal_page
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