The Rotary Club of Coatesville will serve as organizer of the 2020 Strawberry Festival, which will be held from May 28-31 on the grounds of the Brandywine Hospital.
This decision was made after considerable discussion prompted by the news that the Brandywine Health Foundation would no longer undertake the management and oversight of the festival.
“We are delighted that the Rotary Club of Coatesville has decided to take on the role of organizer of the 2020 Strawberry Festival,” said Vanessa B. Briggs, president and CEO of Brandywine Health Foundation. “Our new strategic plan requires that we use our time and resources differently. Moving forward, having a positive, sustainable impact on the current and emerging healthcare needs of the Coatesville community is our singular priority. We wish the Rotary Club and Brandywine Hospital/Tower Health the best in this new venture.”
“Forty-seven years ago, our club staged the first festival, along with the nurses of the former Coatesville Hospital,” said Lindsay Myers, Rotary Club of Coatesville President. “We are incredibly excited to again lead this landmark event and are grateful to Tower Health for so enthusiastically continuing their support of the festival in 2020.
“We would also be remiss if we didn’t recognize the substantial funding from the community that has allowed us to assume this role. We look forward to announcing our presenting sponsors and will encourage the community to join us in thanking them for making the continuation of the festival possible. This is going to be a true community collaboration, and 2020 will feature some exciting new aspects while preserving the tradition that has made this such a highly anticipated event.”
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