Turning the First Spade

Courtesy photo.
Courtesy photo.

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Jamestown Gazette Staff

Groundbreaking for a scenic riverside park, phase 1 of the new $33 million Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz National Center of Comedy attracted a cheering, riverside crowd beside the Gateway Train Station on Saturday evening, August 9. Turning the symbolic first spade of earth were stakeholders, contributors and Lucy Desi leadership, Greg Edwards, Gebbie Foundation CEO; Catherine Young (behind Edwards), New York State Senator; Tom Benson, chairman of the Lucy Desi Center board of directors; Journey Gunderson, Lucy Desi executive director; Todd Allen, president of the Jamestown Rotary Club; Randy Sweeney, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation executive director; Barclay Wellman, Sheldon Foundation, executive director and Lucy Arnaz, daughter of Lucille Ball.
Arnaz said, “There’s never been a comedy hall of fame or a national center for comedy…I think my mother and my father would be honored to have it in their memory here in association with the Lucy Desi Center.” She expressed appreciation and gratitude to the people and leadership of Jamestown, as well as the Lucy Desi Center.