Goshen News, Goshen, IN

August 8, 2013

Staff is key to First Fridays success

— In Monday’s Goshen News, Downtown Goshen and First Fridays Director Gina Leichty gave me credit for the idea of the sand volleyball tournament this past weekend on Main Street. It was a recycled idea, tried a number of years ago during “Sidewalk Sales” without as much organization and resulting success as this year’s event.

It’s one thing to suggest an idea. In fact, it’s easy. It’s a whole other thing to successfully carry it out. For that, Gina and her support staff, including scores of volunteers deserve a huge amount of credit. I, like most of the public, didn’t have to do anything but enjoy the events. Thank you Gina and crew for another outstanding First Fridays promotion. Your efforts are a big part of the ongoing vitality of downtown businesses. You all rock!

Thank you, also, to Goshen’s outstanding streets, parks, fire, police and engineering departments for the support you gave, not only this weekend but other First Fridays, as well. Your efforts are much appreciated.

— Allan Kauffman

Mayor of Goshen