Heritage School presents donation to Boys, Girls Club of Texas Hill Country
The most successful Eisbahn in the event’s nine-year history has led to a $4,398.84 donation from Heritage School to the Boys and Girls Club of the Texas Hill Country.
Making the announcement in person last week was Matt Skinner, head of Heritage School, who presented the funding by way of a ceremonial check to Linda Watson, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club, located in Fredericksburg at 208 East Park Street.
“We are so happy that the community and visitors to Fredericksburg enjoy Eisbahn,” Skinner said, “And we are thrilled that we have been able to reinvest a portion of the proceeds back into the community.”
In celebration of Eisbahn’s increasing success, Heritage School was able to double its previous donations.
The mobile ice skating rink’s operating committee decided this year to not only give its regular annual gift to the Fredericksburg Lifeline Foundation (the rink’s original benefactor,) but also to share some of its proceeds to help the Boys and Girls Club of the Texas Hill Country.
Depending upon the season, the local chapter caters to some 125 to 150 students each day and is designed to appeal to their interests and needs through a long list of activities, including everything from homework help to art instruction to skateboarding.
The additional donation to the Fredericksburg Lifeline Foundation is anticipated this week. That group, which founded Eisbahn, will, in turn, provide a donation to the original benefactor, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
During the 2013-2014 holiday season, an estimated 8,700 skaters — 1,000 more than the previous year — joined in the fun at Eisbahn’s outdoor rink stationed on Marktplatz.
Eisbahn is owned and operated now by Heritage School and its success is the result of business sponsorships and local community sponsorships, school families who volunteer their time to operate it and the thousands of visitors who stop by and lace up for a little skating in an icy wonderland each holiday season.