Group Is Planning Brentwood’s Centennial

The Brentwood Century Foundation unveiled its logo at a Board of Aldermen meeting last month. Present were (from left) vice president Ed Wright Jr., president Dan Fitzgerald, secretary Toni Bowman and logo designer Bryan McAllister of Fine Dog Creative. (All photos by Steve Bowman)
The Brentwood Century Foundation unveiled its logo at the Board of Aldermen’s Jan. 19 meeting. Present were (from left) vice president Ed Wright Jr., president Dan Fitzgerald, secretary Toni Bowman and logo designer Bryan McAllister of Fine Dog Creative. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

Brentwood Century Foundation gathering ideas, funds

 
By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
Email: bowmansj@sbcglobal.net

Brentwood turns 100 years old in 2019 and a group of residents has begun planning the year-long birthday celebration.

Among the many ideas being considered are a 1919 old-timer baseball game, a “party of the century,” a parade, Brentwood trivia night, a movie festival, an art exhibit, a bike tour, centennial trees and houses and a commemorative book.

The Brentwood Century Foundation was formed last spring to gather resident input, plan the centennial and raise funds to make it possible. Its president and vice president are Brentwood Chief of Police Dan Fitzgerald and retired BHS schoolteacher Ed Wright Jr. The treasurer is accountant Diane Lee and the secretary is Brentwood Spirit publisher Toni Bowman.

Mayor Chris Thornton (right) hands a personal check to Ed Wright Jr. of the Brentwood Century Foundation after a Board of Aldermen meeting in January.
Mayor Chris Thornton (right) hands a personal check to Ed Wright Jr. of the Brentwood Century Foundation after a Board of Aldermen meeting on Jan. 19.

Last month the foundation received the city’s official blessing when the Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to make it the official organizer of centennial events. The group is in the process of gaining qualification as a tax-exempt organization under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The organization’s logo was created by local resident Bryan McAllister of Fine Dog Creative. It shows the city’s past in the form of the Brentwood Dinky streetcar, which ran to St. Louis, and the present with an image of a MetroLink train.

The foundation will hold an informational meeting for the public at 7 p.m. on April 28 at the Brentwood Recreation Center.

The group encourages those who have ideas for the centennial or would like to contribute money or get involved to send an email to brentwood.centuryfoundation@gmail.com. To reach its website click here.

The town of Maddenville was incorporated as the Village of Brentwood on Dec. 15, 1919.

Chief of Police Dan Fitzgerald speaks about the Brentwood Century Foundation at a meeting of the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce last month.
Chief of Police Dan Fitzgerald speaks about the Brentwood Century Foundation at a meeting of the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 28.

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