Monday, October 20, 2014
PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods: Mayfair: “Everything I Needed Was in a Central Location,” said Dana Lambie
Dana Lambie has been a Mayfair resident her whole life. She is actively involved in the community, serving as co-chair of Friends of Mayfair Memorial Playground, as well as serving on the boards of various community organizations, like Community Care of the Northeast. Her family also owns Lambie Funeral Home. Philadelphia Neighborhoods spoke with Lambie to find out what motivated her to become so involved.
My grandparents grew up in Mayfair. My parents grew up in Mayfair and still live there. I grew up in Mayfair. My church is in Mayfair. When I started dating my husband, he would ask me to go certain places. I would have to ask how to get there. He couldn’t believe that I didn’t know how to get anywhere outside Mayfair. The thing is, my whole family lived within walking distance of each other. Even though we’re in the city, I looked at my small community as though it was isolated. Everything I needed was in a central location.
How did you get to become so involved in the community and the Mayfair Memorial Playground?
It started back when my oldest son was two years old. I would take him to the park for fresh air and exercise. One day we walked there and it was gone. There was no warning.
Later my son also played T-ball at the Lansing Knights Youth Organization. So I went there one day and [Rep.] John Perzel was getting and award. I saw him talking to Melinda Mulvenna, and overheard her asking about the playground and if he could help bring it back. I told her that I would do anything to help her get it back. A few weeks later, she called me. Since then, it’s been the two of us figuring our how to get the playground back.
We fundraised. We named ourselves Friends of the Mayfair Memorial Playground. We got hooked up with Kaboom, a nonprofit organization that helps put playgrounds in neighborhoods. At that point, all we need was a sponsor. Then Giant supermarket opened up in the neighborhood, wanting to do something in the community. They were eager to help.
We all live in the neighborhood. We all have full time jobs and families. And we are all very passionate about the playground, so we volunteer.