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Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • Inaugural Caribbean Night brings taste of the tropics to Smyrna

  • In an effort to save taxpayers money for the Smyrna police station expansion project, Mayor Patricia Stombaugh and the Smyrna Citizens Committee will host a tropical-themed night of entertainment at Lake Como.


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  • In an effort to save taxpayers money for the Smyrna police station expansion project, Mayor Patricia Stombaugh and the Smyrna Citizens Committee will host a tropical-themed night of entertainment at Lake Como. 
    Night of paradise
    Catered by the delectable Karibbean Links, Caribbean Night will feature a Caribbean-barbeque buffet, island punch and dessert, while accompanied by reggae and Caribbean tunes. Door prizes and pontoon boat rides will also be available.
    Proceeds will benefit the Smyrna police station expansion project, which is estimated to cost $4.9 million. A date hasn’t been finalized for the completion of the project, Stombaugh said.
    The idea of Caribbean Night was born during a recent meeting with Stombaugh and the Smyrna Citizens Committee, in which Stombaugh and the group brainstormed about “what we could we do to raise funds” for the police station, she said.
    “If we walk away with $1,200 after expenses, that’s what we’re hoping for,” explained Stombaugh of how much she and the SCC are aiming to raise from Caribbean Night.”
    She added, “We wish we could [earn] the whole amount of money, but we know it’s unlikely. Whatever we can do will lighten the burden of the town.”
    About Smyrna Citizens Committee
    Formed June 20, the SCC is a non-profit citizens committee designed to raise funds for the police station expansion project and local organizations, as well as promote a better community, Stombaugh said.
    The SCC is comprised of President Jennifer Sutter, Vice President Brandi Aktabil, Secretary Andrea Beck and Treasurer Jenny Havel.
    Future initiatives for police station
    The most lucrative fundraising event on the SCC’s itinerary is the policeman’s ball, slated to be held at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in late October.
    “That is going to, hopefully, be the big event of the year,” Stombaugh said. “We’re hoping to make at least $10,000 off of that one.”
    Following the policemen’s ball, the SCC will host a bus ride on Nov. 3 to Ground Zero for a Sept. 11-memorial tour, which will include a visit to the New York City Police Museum. Seats must be reserved by, or on, Oct. 22.
    At the moment, the last fundraising event on the SCC’s list is Blind Ambition, slated for Nov. 10 at the Rommel Harley-Davidson parking lot.
    The event will feature mentalist/magician Dan Cain driving a car through an obstacle course in the Harley-Davidson parking lot while wearing a “triple-layer black-cloth-hood over his head,” Stombaugh said.
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