Brentwood Century Foundation gathering ideas, funds
By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
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.
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 email@example.com. To reach its website click here.
The town of Maddenville was incorporated as the Village of Brentwood on Dec. 15, 1919.