Throwback event ultimately benefits area children

Games and toys are part of the fun when the Noon Optimists take over the Wapakoneta WaterPark to throw their annual Carnival. This year, the carnival is scheduled for June 20.
Staff Writer

You might want to bring your flip flops and a towel to J Marie's Wood Fired Kitchen and Drinks on Thursday night, as the Noon Optimist Club of Wapakoneta will be hosting a Beach Party at the downtown eatery as the next event in the Throwback Thursday series.

The proceeds from all draft beer, throwback cans, and specialty pizzas between 7 and 9 p.m. will go toward the Optimist's for the club's annual Carnival at the Waterpark this summer, which is scheduled for June 20, as well as several other youth-focused initiatives.

"We at the Noon Optimists focus on the use of the community," Optimist and Membership Chair Jessica Muhlenkamp said. "We're youth-centric. It's about what we can do to make Wapakoneta the best place for our littles."

Optimist Elizabeth Davis, former Optimist Judie Presar, and Cridersville Elementary School Principal Jason Wolke will be guest bartending for the duration of the fundraiser, with all draft beer, throwback cans, and specialty pizza sales going to the Optimists.

Will the money raised, the group hopes to be able to provide a prize to every child who attends the Carnival on Wed. June 20.

"There's not much limit to how many kids show we'll have there," Muhlenkamp said, "We want to...

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