Agenda Item # 6

Columbus Consolidated Government

Council Meeting

04/14/2015

Agenda Report # 101


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Collecting Donations for Special Olympics and Therapeutic programs

INITIATED BY: Parks and Recreation Department


Recommendation: Approval is requested to accept donations in the form of gift certificates, check, and cash from sponsors and individuals for the purpose of purchasing Therapeutic and Special Olympics event supplies, Special Olympics training equipment, and registration fees for area and state games. Also, to allow Columbus Parks and Recreation to accept cash and check donations before and during Special Events that occurs in city facilities. 100% of the money will spent on Special Olympics or Therapeutic programs that benefit individuals with disabilities.

Background: Each year the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department holds Community Events for individuals with disabilities, Special Olympics training programs and competitions, and sends athletes to area and State Special Olympic competitions. Columbus Parks and Recreation hosts the Annual Therapeutics Sweetheart Ball, Annual Sit Volleyball Tournament, Therapeutic Recreation Resource Fair, Monthly Community Friday Night Dances, Special Needs Easter Egg-Stravaganza, Therapeutics Summer Kick Off, Therapeutics Luau, Fall Festival for Special Needs, Therapeutics Halloween Party, and Special Needs Holiday Extravaganza. Columbus Parks and Recreation also provides support for community events held by non-profit organizations such as the “Buddy Walk for Down syndrome” and “Hope for Autism Walk”. These programs provide recreational opportunities for individuals in the community regardless of their disability.
These events are annual and at least one is provided each month. The events typically take place at Pop Austin Recreation Center, located at 1331 Alexander Street, Columbus, GA 31904.

Analysis: Columbus Parks and Recreation provides a site, staff, and administration of each programs. The donations of money and supplies are provided by sponsors and individuals.

Financial Considerations:

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: None is expected.

Legal Considerations: Approval of Council is required for these donations.

Recommendations/ Actions: Approve the resolution authorizing Columbus Parks and Recreation to collect donations for Therapeutics and Special Olympics event supplies, Special Olympics training equipment, and registration fees for area and state games.

A RESOLUTION

NO. _____


A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING COLUMBUS PARKS AND RECREATION TO ACCEPT DONATIONS IN THE FORM OF GIFT CERTIFICATES, CHECK AND CASH FROM SPONSORS AND INDIVIDUALS FOR THE PURPOSE OF PURCHASING THERAPEUTIC AND SPECIAL OLYMPICS EVENT SUPPLIES, SPECIAL OLYMPICS TRAINING EQUIPMENT, AND REGISTRATION FEES FOR AREA AND STATE GAMES. ALSO, TO ALLOW COLUMBUS PARKS AND RECREATION TO ACCEPT CASH AND CHECK DONATIONS BEFORE AND DURING SPECIAL EVENTS THAT OCCURS IN CITY FACILITIES. 100% OF THE MONEY WILL BE SPENT ON SPECIAL OLYMPICS OR THERAPEUTIC PROGRAMS THAT BENEFIT INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES.

WHEREAS, each year the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department holds Community Events for individuals with disabilities, Special Olympics training programs and competitions, and sends athletes to area and State Special Olympic competitions. Columbus Parks and Recreation hosts the Annual Therapeutics Sweetheart Ball, Annual Sit Volleyball Tournament, Therapeutic Recreation Resource Fair, Monthly Community Friday Night Dances, Special Needs Easter Egg-Stravaganza, Therapeutics Summer Kick Off, Therapeutics Luau, Fall Festival for Special Needs, Therapeutics Halloween Party, and Special Needs Holiday Extravaganza. Columbus Parks and Recreation also provides support for community events held by non-profit organizations such as the “Buddy Walk for Down syndrome” and “Hope for Autism Walk”. These programs provide recreational opportunities for individuals in the community regardless of their disability; and,

WHEREAS, these events are annual and at least one is provided each month. The events typically take place at Pop Austin Recreation Center, located at 1331 Alexander Street, Columbus, GA 31904; and,

WHEREAS, Columbus Parks and Recreation provides a site, staff, and administration of each programs. The donations of money and supplies are provided by sponsors and individuals.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

Columbus Parks and Recreation is authorized to accept donations in the form of gift certificates, check, and cash from sponsors and individuals for the purpose of purchasing Therapeutic and Special Olympics event supplies, Special Olympics training equipment, and registration fees for area and state games. Also, to allow Columbus Parks and Recreation to accept cash and check donations before and during Special Events that occurs in city facilities. 100% of the money will spent on Special Olympics or Therapeutic programs that benefit individuals with disabilities.


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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _____________ 2015, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of _____________ members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting __________.
Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Buck voting __________.
Councilor Davis voting __________.
Councilor Henderson voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.



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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor