September 12, 2018

Park cares for Park

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Park National Bank volunteers pose with Clermont County Park District Deputy Director Tim Carr after volunteering time to remove invasive species from Sycamore Park Sept. 10.

BATAVIA – Rainy days and Mondays don’t get the Clermont County Park District down.

Not when the laughter of half a dozen volunteers from Park National Bank rings out along the banks of the East Fork of the Little Miami River.

Park National partnered with the Park District Sept. 10 for part of its seventh annual Park Cares Week, where bank employees do hands-on service projects all around the county. This particular group donated four hours of time removing invasive species from Sycamore Park.

While the Park District and Park National have a long relationship – the bank has been a lead sponsor for the annual Pancakes in the Park event, for example – this is the first time the two joined forces for Park Cares.

“I never stopped laughing and we all got closer working as a team,” said Park National team member Corey Richardson. “I had a lot of fun and I really hope I can be a part of it again next year.

“We also had a great group of people to work with. Whether it was sliding in the mud, horribly diagnosing honeysuckle, (standing) knee deep in river water or being Cyndy Lopper for the morning, it was nice to do some manual labor with the friends that we always see in the office setting.”

As for Cyndi Lauper… errrr… Cyndy Lopper… that would be the nickname Park District Deputy Director Tim Carr hung on Park National Assistant VP Cyndy Wright.

“She’s got the red hair and she was working hard cutting brush with the loppers we gave her,” Carr said. “It just fit. It got everybody loose and laughing. Cyndy was a great sport about it. When you have that kind of leadership, you know you’re going to have a great day.”

Wright agreed.

“From my perspective, there is so much synergy between the cultures of the bank and the Park District,” she said. “We are so proud of being connected to an organization where the beautiful natural resources of our county can be celebrated.”

Is your company interested in service projects? Does your team get a bonus for volunteer hours? The Park District would be happy to put together a one-time project on an ongoing service program for your staff. Contact us parkdistrict@clermontcountyohio.gov.

Mark D. Motz is the Community Relations Manager for the Clermont County Park District. A native Cincinnatian, he has worked for more than 25 years as an award-winning journalist and public relations professional. Away from work, he enjoys photography, theater and spending time with his nine godchildren.

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