By Colleen Lockhart
The Friends of the Red Tulip Project held a pasta dinner fundraiser and auction on Friday, Sept. 29. More than 400 dinners were served and approximately $14,000 was raised. Thanks to all who attended and participated in the auctions to build a sober house in Geauga County, it is very much appreciated.
On the morning of Sept. 30, a volunteer crew started early to begin pre-demolition of the former Kellogg residence in Claridon, now known as the Red Tulip House. Prior to this, rain caused the collapse of part of the old basement wall and the house was determined to be unsafe. Under the leadership of Ken Mantey from Habitat for Humanity and Jim Dvorak, president of the Burton-Middlefield Rotary, pre-demolition work involved taking out windows and other scrap items in the old building. Work went quickly and demolition started on Saturday and was completed on Monday. Ninety percent of the house was torn down and will be rebuilt at the same location in the near future.
The Friends of the Red Tulip Project want to thank Bill and Bonnie Clemson for the loan of the backhoe for the demolition and to Ted Winters of WLE for the donation of the dumpsters. Denny Kellogg is an amazing operator and skillfully tore down the house he one lived in with the assistance of Aaron Kellogg. The generosity of the community and the determination to make a difference has been outstanding. Photos of the demolition can be viewed on Red TulipFacebook.