Safety Village To Host First Annual Dash-N-Bash Event

The Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village will be holding the first annual Safety Village Dash-N-Bash 1K, 5K or Bike Tour fundraiser on Saturday, June 14 at the Safety Village located at 2695 Route 394 next to Ashville BOCES. Participants will choose their event, either a 27 or 42-mile bike ride around Chautauqua Lake, which starts at 8:30 a.m.; a 5K walk/run down into Ashville and back to the Safety Village, which starts at 9 a.m.; or a 1K walk around the Safety Village itself, which starts at 11 a.m. Participants of all ages and abilities are welcome. Miles of Smiles will provide timed services.

The Safety Village will also be offering a contest for people who are raising money for a not-for-profit organization, sports team, 4H, Boy/Girl Scouts or a local family in need. Community groups and organizations will have the opportunity to raise money for a local cause to help the community. Each group creates their own team name that participants register under in order to support the team. The group with the highest number of participants will win $1,000 for their cause. For those teammates who are unable to participate that day but want to help their team, they can make a donation under their team name. For every $50 in donations raised, one participant will be added to the team’s total count.

There will also be a family fun bash happening throughout the day with carnival games, food, cotton candy, a bounce house, train rides, face painting and more. Kevin Luce from Eternal Nyghts will be the DJ. The band SYMBA will be playing live from noon-1 p.m. An awards ceremony will take place after all events are complete.

For more information, or to register online for the event and/or contest, go to www.childrensafetyvillage.com or contact Terri Kindberg, executive director, at 499-8138. Online registration will end Monday. You may register in person on Friday from 4-7 p.m. at the Safety Village. Registration the day of the event, June 14, begins at 7:30 a.m. However, prices will increase by $5 per event. Be sure to register your team and also have your captain choose to fundraise on the registration form, so that people can donate on behalf of your team.

The Children’s Safety Village would like to publicly thank their main sponsors: Cummins Engine, DFT Communications, the Westfield/Mayville Rotary, Jamestown Area Community Federal Credit Union, the Jamestown Chapter of Credit Unions, McDonald’s and the Resource Center. They would also like to thank the many businesses and individuals in the community who gave food, certificates and prizes for the event. In addition, the Safety Village would like to acknowledge the many volunteers who make events like this possible such as the local fire police, Ashville and Lakewood fire departments, WCA services and the Safety Village Worker Bees who help with all events. To volunteer, contact Kindberg at 499-8138. This is a great way to receive community service hours as well.

The Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village is located in Ashville. It is a not-for-profit organization which was formed in 1996. The DFT Communications Educational Facility, where classes are held, is surrounded by a child-sized village, complete with a business district, paved roads, street signs, sidewalks and everything one would find in an actual village. The purpose of the Safety Village is to educate children, primarily on the areas of traffic, bike and fire safety. The Safety Village’s goal is to decrease the number of unnecessary injuries and unfortunate fatalities of children in the community by allowing them to experience hands-on lessons that they will remember.

The Safety Village is sustained through fundraising efforts, grants and donations from a generous community. All donations are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated. Together we can make a difference in the lives of children in our community.