Ashland REALTOR® Hank Lowry Builds Community Support through Good Times
Local REALTOR® Hank Lowry, Associate Broker with the Hometown Realty Ashland office, has been involved in the Ashland business community for some time now. Hank was among the group of four people who first met in 2000 to start the Ashland business group Market Ashland Partnership (MAP). MAP is a volunteer business networking organization that strives to promote businesses in the town of Ashland through education, networking, cooperative marketing approaches, and strong government relations.
Shortly thereafter, Hank started a local nonprofit organization that brings local businesses and other local nonprofits together to encourage support for the community through a series of events, called Ashland Street Parties. Now, from May through September of each year, friends, families, and neighbors gather at the Ashland Library Plaza for live music, dancing, and family entertainment. Local businesses, nonprofits, and sponsors provide volunteers for each event, and help select nonprofit beneficiaries.
The season of Ashland Street Parties this year included performances by The Barracudas, The Band of Oz, Ron Moody and the Centaurs, Steve Bassett, and King Edward & the B.D.’s. This year, nonprofit partnerships included the Hanover Mental Health Association, Ashland Kiwanis Club, and the Market Ashland Partnership (MAP).
“For all of our parties, we use any local nonprofit that will provide volunteers, and that puts effort and their dollars back into our community,” Lowry explained. “We also have two local banks, EVB and First Capital Bank, whose employees volunteer their time for the entrance gates and food concessions, he said. “Also, we have a group of men called Hanover Kids who always handle our golden beverages and they use the proceeds toward supplies for local schools. The August party this year raised money to purchase the supplies needed for all kindergarten children at Henry Clay Elementary.”
In addition to local nonprofit and business volunteers, Hank works with Marnie Triscari and Kris Holt to organize and promote each event. “Without Marnie and Kris, Ashland Street Parties would just be an idea,” Lowry said. “In the beginning, Kris handled all our publicity and was the information gathering source, and Marnie and I pretty much shared all the rest of the duties. Now we all work together and do what is needed, when it is needed. Without them to work with, we would not function anywhere near the level we do,” he added.
Donations for nonprofits generated through these events totaled over $17,000 this year, while promoting community involvement, camaraderie among neighbors, and local festivity. Planning of the 2013 season of Ashland Street Parties is already underway. “Information will be up on our website shortly,” Lowery said. For more information, please visit AshlandStreetParties.com.