Fundraisers help establish Todd Stubbe Dream Foundation
PARKERSBURG — Morgan Stubbe is grateful for all the support she has received since the death of her husband, Todd, on July 4.
Todd and others were working on renovating and updating the Dils Center on Market Street at the time of his death. Several businesses are now operating in the Dils Center because of Todd’s efforts.
Friends and family of the Stubbes are working together to establish the Todd Stubbe Dream Foundation. Morgan said she is now working on establishing the foundation as a 501c3 nonprofit organization, which she expects to happen within a week.
Money raised at the Brews for Stubbes event Aug. 3-4 at the Parkersburg Brewing Co. on Market Street is helping with the Todd Stubbe Dream Foundation. About $5,000 was raised at the August event, which attracted hundreds of people over two days and featured several bands.
The goals of the Todd Stubbe Dream Foundation are:
* To provide scholarships to young aspiring entrepreneurs.
* To continue work to preserve and revitalize historical buildings and landmarks of greater downtown Parkersburg.
* To help improve tourism and economic development for small businesses in downtown Parkersburg through arts, entertainment and events that the foundation can plan and coordinate.
The foundation committee has raised approximately $6,000 in these fundraisers, not including a Stubbe Fest T-shirt pre-order, members said.
“Todd Stubbe was a great guy and was very supportive of our new business. It was clear he had a dream of revitalizing Downtown Parkersburg very similar to ours. We were honored to be able to help make the Todd Stubbe Dream Foundation a reality and look forward to other opportunities to support this organization going forward,” said Dan Curtis, president of Parkersburg Brewing Co.
“This is all about continuing the economic development and historical preservation of downtown Parkersburg. It’s also about inspiring young entrepreneurs to go after their dreams of owning a business right here in Parkersburg,” said Todd Stubbe Dream Foundation Board member Stephanie Taylor.
“I’m profoundly proud to be a part of such an amazing cause, and the outpouring of love and support from the community is truly more than I have words to describe,” said Ashley Perry, owner of Anchors & Arrows Boutique in the Dils Center.
“Downtown was alive this past weekend and I’m sure Todd was smiling down on everyone that came out in support. The community support was amazing,” said Wendy Shriver, executive director of Downtown PKB, after last weekend’s fundraiser.
Another event to raise money for the Todd Stubbe Dream Foundation is Stubbe Fest, which will coincide with the grand reopening of the Dils Center on Sept. 1. Tours of the Dils Center and its businesses will be from 3 to 5 p.m. along with a silent auction and a wine pull.
From 5-11 p.m. Sept. 1, Stubbe Fest will take place, with six bands and comedy interludes between sets. Food trucks will be parked on Market Street, a beer garden will be set up and music will echo from the front doors of the Dils Center, the foundation committee said.
Tickets are $25 and available at https://anchorsandarrowsboutique.com/collections/stubbe-fest/products/stubbe-fest-tickets or $30 at the door. All proceeds benefit The Todd Stubbe Dream Foundation.