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First Night gets new entertainment director

March 6, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Canfield First Night announced the acceptance of a new volunteer entertainment director who will be helping put together a gala 15th anniversary program this year. She will work closely with previous director Bob Hudock who will be phasing out after this year.

Nicole Haefke was officially announced as the new entertainment director last week. She is eager get started on what Executive Director Barb Smith said is going to be a huge event.

"It will be out 15th anniversary," Smith said. "We already have some ideas to make it the best anniversary we can."

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Nicole Haefke goes over some details to her new position as Canfield First Night entertainment director with Canfield First Night Executive Director Barb Smith.

Haefke said she is eager to get going as well.

"I am looking for fresh ideas," she said. "I am also looking at nostalgia and bringing back some of the original entertainment we had in the first year of First Night Canfield."

Haefke is a 2004 Cardinal Mooney graduate who went on to study marketing and advertising at Youngstown State University. She has always been involved in community organizations such as president of the Economics Club at YSU and 4-H in her earlier years. She is also active in Canfield Rotary, which she said is a good fit for her new role as entertainment director. Also, she was just accepted as First Night Canfield board secretary as of a few months ago.

To get the ball rolling on 2013, Haefke has already sent out contracts to secure the venues for the New Year's Eve celebration.

Smith said the Cabaret Show will definitely be returning for 2013. The 2012 event saw both shows sold out and those attending said they want to see it continue.

Smith also said that since the next event is number 15, plans are being made for a huge fireworks display.

To keep the name Canfield First Night in the public view, the nonprofit organization will have representation in the Fourth of July Parade, and Smith said they are toying with the idea to have a dinner show in August that could be both a fund-raiser and a kickoff to Jan. 1, 2013.

While there is still a lot of planning to do, First Night's board of directors took time to thank the many volunteers and supporters who helped put on the 2012 event. They held a volunteer dinner at the end of February and board President Tom Bowser put on the apron and cooked lasagna. Smith said thanks also needs to go out to those who attend the event.

"We wouldn't be planning a 15th anniversary without the support of the community," she said.



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