WHY ARE WE TALKING ABOUT MAYFEST NOW?
When you first think of Mayfest, you may immediately picture Trinity Park for four days in May. You might think of carnival rides, corny dogs, funnel cakes, and lots of music. You may remember dancing on stage years ago, and now you are watching your child perform. You may even imagine the unmentionable... the unpredictable weather.
But, did you know Mayfest is actually a non-profit organization that has given over $7.5 million back to the Fort Worth community?
The mission of Mayfest, Inc. is to raise and contribute funds to the Trinity River, surrounding parks and community programs. Mayfest, Inc. accomplishes this mission by putting on an annual fundraiser, the Mayfest festival.
The proceeds from the festival are then given back to the Fort Worth community through grants to its founding organizations: The City of Fort Worth Park and Recreation Department, Streams & Valley’s Inc., and The Junior League of Fort Worth, Inc. These grants support specific projects proposed by the organizations that are in keeping with the Mayfest mission.
Mayfest, Inc. awarded grants totaling $135,000 from proceeds of the 2018 Mayfest festival.
- The Junior League of Fort Worth, Inc was awarded $60,000
- The City of Fort Worth Park and Recreation Department was awarded $50,000
- Streams & Valley’s, Inc. was awarded $25,000
When you support or attend Mayfest, you are actually supporting Fort Worth.
WHERE CAN YOU SEE THE BENEFITS OF MAYFEST?
The festival may only be four days long, but Mayfest’s impact can be felt throughout the entire year! Mayfest has funded projects that not only enhance and beautify the community, but also create safe, nurturing places for families to be outside together. Additionally, Mayfest funds youth-centered programs that educate and empower children to make important, life-changing decisions.
When you look at the Fort Worth community, you can see many different areas that have benefited from Mayfest.
Projects funded by Mayfest can been seen all throughout Trinity Park. Examples include:
- LED Lighting Structures
- Port-A-Let Enclosures
- Metal Shade Pavilions
Improvements along the Trinity River that Mayfest has funded include:
- Share the Trail Signage
- Share the Trail Public Awareness Campaign
- Phyllis J. Tilley Memorial Pedestrian Bridge Signage
- Phyllis J. Tilley Memorial Pedestrian Bridge Landscaping
Mayfest has also funded several community programs, including:
- Kids in the Kitchen
- Pancake Breakfast
- All Aboard Training Program
- Junior MINTS
MAYFEST IS MORE THAN JUST A FESTIVAL
So, the next time you think of Mayfest, you might still first think of the fun-filled family festival in May. You might imagine eating a turkey leg or listening to music along the Trinity River or browsing through the Art & Gift Market.
But, you may also remember that Mayfest helps make Fort Worth into the community you love. A community that is able to thrive and grow. A community, that with Mayfest’s support, will continue to develop enhanced, interactive, personal experiences for Fort Worth citizens.
Remember, the festival may only be four days long, but Mayfest’s impact can be felt throughout the entire year!