Merchants & Planters funds lineup of downtown events for the coming year

For the third year in a row, the downtown revitalization nonprofit, Main Street Batesville, is the recipient of a large monetary gift that will fund their lineup of fundraisers for the year.

“We traditionally do five main fundraisers each year,” explained executive director Mandi Curtwright. “They are events meant to serve both as community events, and also as a means of funding more downtown revitalization work.


Last year, Merchants & Planters president Lee Conditt extended the offer to the organization as a way to continue downtown development, which has in the past few years gained statewide and national attention. Most recently, Main Street Batesville was honored as a co-recipient of the Governor’s annual Henry Award for Tourism Development. 

“To again go into the fundraising year with all of our major fundraising events sponsored is a big leg-up for us,” Curtwright said. “We’re so appreciative of everyone who continues to help us move forward. Everything accomplished downtown has been thanks to a joint effort by the entire town. We need that support – we’ve got a great start, but there’s more we need to do.“

The organization will still be seeking supporting-level sponsors for the fundraisers, as well as sponsors for other projects on the table for 2019 – in addition to their usual fundraising events, they have three festivals in the works, meant to provide a fun downtown atmosphere and things for residents/visitors to do.