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PATRONS FOR BELLAIRE PARKS - FACT SHEET

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Who are the Patrons?
The Patrons are neighbors like you who are committed to raising money to improve and expand Bellaire's parks, playing fields and other recreational facilities in order to enhance the well-being of the community. Our board members are individuals who have been active in the community and the recreational opportunities that Bellaire provides.

Is Patrons for Bellaire Parks a non-profit group?
Yes. The Patrons organization was founded in January 2000 by Bellaire residents and is a tax-exempt non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Why do we need a group like Patrons for Bellaire Parks?
Bellaire has historically been a leader in providing more and better parks and recreational facilities and programs for its residents. Now the City has competition from surrounding communities that have made major investments in their parks and recreational facilities-from innovative water playgrounds to extensive land acquisitions for much-needed playing fields. Patrons is committed to keeping Bellaire's parks and recreational facilities the best in the area.

Who is supporting Patrons for Bellaire Parks?
Patrons' supporters include Bellaire residents, local businesses and corporations, community organizations, and foundations.

I want to help make Bellaire's parks the best. How do I contribute?
Everyone, Bellaire resident or not, is welcome to join the Patrons' efforts. If you would like to make a donation, you can mail a tax-deductible check payable to Patrons for Bellaire Parks to P.O. Box 3228, Bellaire. TX 77402-3228. Or, you can call us at 713-661-PARK(7275). For information about Patrons go to www.bellaireparks.com.

Why should I contribute now?
In 2007, Patrons met a prestigious $500,000 Challenge Grant from the Wortham Foundation, resulting in a $250,000 grant to Patrons for Bellaire Town Square. Patrons also fulfilled a pledge to contribute $1 million to the City to help fund construction of the new aquatics facility and poolhouse/community center. Current donations to Patrons will now be dedicated to funding the construction of the remaining planned features for Bellaire Town Square - a new playground, water feature, trail system, pavilion, and skatepark.

I don't have any money to contribute, but I want to help. What can I do?
The Patrons for Bellaire Parks is a volunteer-based organization that welcomes any help you have to offer. Become active in Patrons and encourage others to donate their time or money. Put a Patrons sticker on your car window to increase awareness for our organization. Volunteer to help with future fundraising events. Write a letter or make calls to your friends to tell them about Patrons. We will gladly accept your offer of skills or ideas!

Bellaire's parks need you. Thank you for your support!