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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 04-11-2019

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | APRIL 11-17, 2019 CUMBERLAND 27 beer tent is expected to be paired with a yard game area as one of many new options at the festival this year. Labbe is executive direc- tor of the Cumberland Youth Activities Council, which runs CumberlandFest. The group, at a meeting Monday, formally announced a new organizational structure for its executive commit- tee and board of directors. In addi- tion to Labbe, executive committee members include committee chairs Jerry Schimmel, Joseph Vela and David Stavros, Treasurer Rebekah Puleo, Secretary Kristina Mayer and Cumberland Director of Parks and Recreation Michael Crawley. Board members include Alan Neville, Ross Silva, Treasurer Rebekah Puleo, Secretary Kristina Mayer, Michael Crawley, and Labbe as a non-voting member. "We are very pleased to bring together this group of talented and dedicated people to serve on the CYAC board of directors and CumberlandFest executive com- mittee," said Labbe in a statement. "Some have a long-term history with CumberlandFest, while others are new to us. What we all have in common is long-term Cumberland residency, impressive career cre- dentials and a history of volun- teerism and community involve- ment." Neville ended his 30-year bank- ing career as senior vice president of marketing at Bank of America, after which he held marketing and development positions at a number of the state's largest nonprofit orga- nizations. He has volunteered for a number of community organiza- tions, most recently for six years as the president of AARP Rhode Island. Silva is currently assistant vice president of business development and loan origination at Navigant Credit Union and is the immediate past chairman of the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Rhode Island, an affiliate board member of the Northern Rhode Island Board of Realtors, a committee member of Working on Walking and a member of the Cumberland Beagle Club. Mr. Silva also serves as a soccer coach to local youth teams. "We are thrilled that Alan and Ross have agreed to provide their leadership and experience to our organization," said Labbe. "Their enthusiasm and dedica- tion will help lead the CYAC and CumberlandFest to new and greater heights as we expand our efforts to create a more robust event that engages more patrons and supports a wider array of youth activities in Cumberland." CumberlandFest has been a favor- ite town summer event for the past 28 years. Originally conceived as a fundraising vehicle to support the town's youth athletic programs, it has distributed more than $1 mil- lion to participating organizations. Facing declining attendance and a stagnation of offerings, made more glaring during an almost total rainout during last year's event, organizers considered ending CumberlandFest before getting a recommitment from key stakehold- ers and deciding to give the whole festival a fresh look. The basic format of CumberlandFest was deemed to be a good one, but in need of a new approach, including enhancing the midway, improving and expanding entertainment offer- ings, and finding ways to generate additional revenue. Also made official this week, as organizers seek to attract young families, is the elimination of a $5 entrance fee for children younger than 12 years old when accompa- nied by a parent. Each member of the restructured executive committee will take on responsibility for various aspects of operation. There are many mov- ing parts, said Labbe, and all must work together well to make this a success. "While the executive commit- tee will handle day-to-day opera- tions and oversee the execution of CumberlandFest, our new board of directors will be responsible for strategic direction and governance to ensure compliance with non- profit reporting and oversight," said Neville. Earlier this year, the CYAC announced that it would expand its philanthropy to include a wider array of non-sports related youth organizations in Cumberland. Groups will be expected to make pitches for funds based on needs and how they'll volunteer with the event. CumberlandFest 2019 is sched- uled for August 9-11 at Diamond Hill Park. CUMBERLANDFEST From Page One Please let our advertisers know that you read about their products or services in The Valley Breeze Newspapers. Consumers Propane 762-5461 BOUSQUET OIL 769-0146 139 HAMLET AVE. 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