Newcastle Days team chosen

May 7, 2010

By Tim Pfarr

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The 2010 Newcastle Days festival has the green light this year, as Mayor John Dulcich has appointed a team to organize the festival.

Parks Commission Vice Chair Koleen Morris will lead the effort, and she will work with two of her fellow parks commissioners, one member of the Newcastle Historical Society and three members of the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce.

“Newcastle Days is a very important event for the city. Citizens enjoy the day immensely,” Morris said. “I wanted to ensure that the tradition continues. This year, we are going to try to get broader community support and more local volunteers.”

From the Parks Commission, Morris will work with Suzi O’Byrne and Diane Lewis, and she will work with Pam Lee from the Newcastle Historical Society.

“I’m confident we’re not going to miss a beat,” Lewis said.

From the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce, Morris will work with Puget Sound Energy Municipal Liaison Manager Angela Wingate, Coal Creek Utility District Commissioner Doug Kunkel and Sweet Decadence owner Sandra Wixon.

The group is also hosting a poster contest. Those who wish to participate are asked to send submissions to Parks Program Manager Michael Holly. Electronic copies can be e-mailed to Holly at

The winning poster will be displayed on 11-by-17-inch paper at City Hall and in storefronts as advertisements for the event.

“I think the beauty in this year is we’re really involving the community,” Dulcich said. “These are the things that build communities.”

City still seeking financial contributions for events.

The city is still seeking sponsorships and contributions for the Fourth of July celebration, Newcastle Days and the Concerts in the Park series. To contribute, call Interim City Manager Rob Wyman at 649-4444.

The city has $10,000 in its operating budget for community events this year, and it will use the money to help fund the Fourth of July celebration.

To date, the city has received a private donation of $1,000 for the Fourth of July, as well as $5,000 from the Coal Creek YMCA for the Concerts of the Park series and $10,000 from Valley Medical Center for Newcastle Days. Valley Medical contributed $10,000 for Newcastle Days last year.

“We’re very appreciative of Valley Medical stepping up to the plate,” Dulcich said.

He is working with Wyman on securing sponsorships, and Dulcich said they plan to approach last year’s sponsors as well. He said he hopes the city can obtain $20,000 in sponsorships for this year’s events.

“The doors are definitely still open for sponsorships,” he said.

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