Monday, September 5, 2011

WGI Partners with Dayton Through 2019

Good news for us WGI fans who reside in Ohio. World Championships will remain in Dayton through 2019. Here's the full press release:

WGI Sport of the Arts along with the Dayton/Montgomery County Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Greene County Convention & Visitors Bureau held a press conference at the Dayton Dragons Professional Baseball game on Monday evening, August 29th to announce that WGI has committed to keeping the World Championship events in the Greater Dayton area.

The festivities were kicked off by a performance from the Centerville High School Drumline. President & CEO of the Dayton/Montgomery County CVB, Jacquelyn Y. Powell stated, “We were pleased to work with our hospitality partners to put together what we felt was a creative and competitive bid to present to WGI. We are thrilled that WGI has voted to continue to host their World Championship events in Dayton through 2019. Additionally, we are extremely proud to be affiliated with an organization as outstanding as WGI. We applaud their commitment to excellence, to youth around the world, to education, to creativity and freedom of expression through the unification of pageantry and the performing arts. WGI fosters growth and leadership skills, teamwork, individuality, healthy recreation, educational and cultural opportunities that enrich not only the participants, but all of our lives.”

“WGI is proud to call Dayton our home,” said WGI Director of Operations Bart Woodley. “The Dayton community always makes our competing ensembles feel welcome and special. There is always a special buzz in the air when it is WGI time. The Convention and Visitors Bureau has been instrumental in helping this event become a community wide affair.”

Mr. Woodley also added, “The staff at the University of Dayton Arena, Wright State University’s Nutter Center, the Dayton Convention Center and James Trent Arena are extremely helpful and take great pride in their facility. Those staff members are committed to providing a quality experience for our 10,000 young performers who passing through them each year."