The group One Life Nebraska will be hosting a “Summer Splash Party” down at the Miller Skate Park, raising money for the Low Income Ministry of Dodge County.
But that’s not all it’s doing. Founder Chris Marsh says that the event is aimed at providing an opportunity for carefree fun in south Fremont, which often struggles with poverty and often lacks nearby and affordable opportunities to keep kids off the street and out of trouble.
“There isn’t enough here,” Marsh said. “We cognitively picked south Fremont because that is a really underdeveloped community and there isn’t a lot of things that go on down there.”
The event has evolved—originally conceived as a skate competition, it will now be an all-around, free day of fun on July 14, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
There will be a performance from the Iron Maiden cover band Maiden Voyage at 5 p.m. There will be a splash pad and kiddie pool available, and there will be a dunk tank. Marsh will be in the dunk tank, and so will Anastasia Champ from WOWT Channel 6 News.
Throughout the day, there will be magic from magician Travis Newcombe, and while there is no longer a skate competition, there will be professional skaters utilizing the park.
Up for raffle is a Nebraska Huskers football signed by Eric Crouch, Damon Benning and Bo Ruud. There’s also a limited edition football signed by Dave Rimington. Along with some other raffle items. Football raffle tickets cost $5. All other prizes are $1.
There will also be the Taco Villasenor taco truck.
The event will be One Life Nebraska’s third since becoming an organized group after protesting the presence of Westboro Baptist Church protesters earlier this year. The group emphasizes charitable events and aims to promote positivity, but also has engaged in some activism, promoting an anti-bullying and pro-LGBT message.
“Everything is donated to Low-Income Ministry of Dodge County,” Marsh said. “And we’ll also have a little donation box for clothing, food, diapers, things like that.”
The group will also be hosting a Planned Parenthood table, distributing family planning information, condoms and other information, to educate young people in the community, Marsh said.
The event is free to attend.