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This will either be a year of great excitement and anticipation, or it'll be one of sadness and disappointment for us at Columbus Event Center. As we first mentioned about this time last year, we are on our final days at the Wishbones facility. In fact, by this time next year we should be closing our doors at Wishbones for good.

Before we get into all of the details and possible outcomes, we want to take a moment to thank everyone for all of your support for the past 17 years. As a small, family-owned company, we have done our best to create a fun place for youth and families to enjoy here in Columbus. We've done just about everything we can fit inside of our current location. Unfortunately, Wishbones has made things much more difficult and frustrating for us than you might imagine. Your support through all of these years has been what has pushed us to consider much greater things for our community, and we appreciate each and every one of you and the memories we've made having fun at our little skating rink.

Regardless of where things go from here, we want to show our thanks for your support. At the same time, we want your show of support while we make this one final push to keep this thing alive in our efforts to relocate. Here is what we have in mind...

In the event this is our final year, and our company closes its doors by the summer of 2018, we want everyone to take advantage of every last possible chance to enjoy our programs and activities. We want everyone to have the opportunity to come out for roller skating and play in any or all of our sports leagues as much as possible for this final year at Wishbones. So, we have created a special family pass that will include admission to every single public skate session we offer, including skate rental, through May 31, 2018 at Wishbones. But, that's not all. This special family pass will also allow each family member the opportunity to play in as many of our sports leagues as possible for no additional cost! That's right, the entire family will be able to skate and play sports as much as you all want through the end of May 2018 at Wishbones, for one low price! We've totaled up the maximum value of this offer, and it amounts to $1279 worth of skating, skate rentals, and league registration possibilities for each family member. For a family of five, that's a value of $6,395! We're going to offer these passes through July 31st, 2017 at a special price of just $300 (plus tax) for the entire family! This pass is good for up to five family members, and is just $50 more per family member beyond the first five. Click here to learn more about these passes and buy online today!

Our hope is that you'll take advantage of this incredible offer and make this final year at Wishbones one to remember, just in case it's all gone by this time next year. But, we're not done yet. As I mentioned earlier, our efforts for a new facility continues in full force to this day. We are closer than ever to securing the financing needed to move forward and break ground on a brand new family fun center and sports complex for Columbus! So, while we want everyone to take advantage of this offer just in case it is our final year in business, we also want you to know that by purchasing one of these passes for your family, you are showing banks and lenders that this community will support such a project now and into the future. In fact, if we sell enough of these passes over the next few weeks, it could potentially shore up the final dollars needed to move forward right away! We hope you'll take advantage of this offer and be counted as one of many families wanting this to succeed.

This is an excellent opportunity to show your support and help us make this happen, all while getting unlimited skating and sports through our final year at Wishbones. To sweeten the deal even further, we will allow customers the opportunity to renew these passes for the same price at our brand new facility! That's right, you will be able to get your first year at our new facility for the same low price of $300 (plus tax) per family for unlimited skating and unlimited sports! Remember, our new facility will have more than four times the sports options of our current location, and there will be additional skate sessions as well, increasing the value of these passes even higher yet. Because of this, these family passes will ultimately be priced higher, and those who don't take advantage of this amazing offer by July 31st may end up paying another $150 or more for their family passes. So, get your family pass now, and save big today and in the future! Show your support here.

We hope you'll take advantage of this special offer, help us celebrate our final year at Wishbones, and help kick off our first year at a new facility. We'd love to have you be a part of this special time!

Getting back to business, what does all of this mean? Well, as I've mentioned above, our efforts for a new facility are at a crossroads. We are running out of time to pull this off before our company doesn't have a suitable facility to operate out of. Our ability to keep our doors open at the Wishbones facility is coming to an end, and we need to either find a new home or close our doors for good. We want to reassure you that we aren't letting our decade of hard work go to waste by just throwing in the towel. We continue working toward our goal of a nice, new facility, and are closer than ever to reaching that goal.

But, things may not come together as we hope. There is always the possibility that we'll fall short in our efforts. Trust me, it won't be for a lack of trying! In the event we aren't able to secure the financing needed for a new home for our business, we'll have a few options on the table. We could drop most or all of our sports programs in order to use an existing facility (low ceilings, columns), maybe adding a couple of entertainment options instead to remain open. But, if we were to eliminate a good portion of our business, would there be enough revenue to pay the bills and keep the lights on? Our very own history says that isn't likely, but we would still certainly look into this possibility.

Or, perhaps we pull the plug and shut everything down for good. As we mentioned earlier, a lot is riding on the number of passes that we sell. It is easy to sit around and complain about a lack of shopping and restaurant options (we'll have a sports bar as part of our new facility, by the way). Will Columbus area residents step up and show their support for our efforts? If so, we may be breaking ground yet this fall! If not, then lenders may assume there isn't the necessary support for a project of this size, and we'll be forced to close up shop.

To be honest, since we still have every intention to relocate and are still working hard toward that goal, we haven't thought that much about the "what-ifs" should we fall short in our efforts. We aren't planning to fail. But, we do want to remind everyone that our future is in your hands. And, we wanted to give everyone sufficient notice of what may happen if we aren't able to relocate, so that everyone can enjoy the rink as much as possible before it's gone.

Regardless of the outcome, we again want to thank each and every one of you for your support. While we appreciate the business, what we have valued most is the fun times and smiles we've brought to town. We'd like to keep the party going, and we hope to see you be a part of it all. Please consider taking advantage of our special family pass offer (good through July 31, 2017) and let's celebrate this last year at Wishbones. With your help and support today, we'll be having a big party to open a new facility sometime next year! No matter what, we're going to have a fun time until then.

Thank You!



Please continue to check our website and social media locations for ongoing updates to our efforts for a new facility. We will be emailing and posting updates online. Please share with your family or friends to help us make this happen. Thanks in advance for your help!

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