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Amos Chess Donates Steinway Piano to Enhance Oakland Park’s Cultural Offerings

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The North Andrews Gardens Community Center in Oakland Park is receiving a special addition – a $50,000 baby grand piano donated by local resident and developer Amos Chess, Founder & CEO of ATID Investments.

The Steinway & Sons piano, featuring self-playing capabilities, is top-tier and was purchased from Piano Showcase in the Coral Ridge Mall. At the March 6th, 2024, Commission Meeting, city staff presented a “Keys to the City” token of appreciation to Mr. Chess and showcased the instrument’s exceptional quality.

Oakland Park Vice Mayor Tim Lonergan, City Manager David Hebert, Amos Chess, Mayor Mitch Rosenwald.

Elevating Cultural Experiences

Chess expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “It is a privilege to contribute to Oakland Park’s transformation. Music unites people and breathes life into spaces, and I’m excited to enrich the experience for all visitors to the North Andrews Gardens Community Center with this world-class piano.”

Chris Casale, Director of the City’s Parks & Leisure Services Department, expressed gratitude, saying, “We extend heartfelt thanks to Oakland Park resident Amos Chess for his generous gift of a Steinway & Sons piano to our new community center. We eagerly anticipate enjoying live music at upcoming events and enriching our community’s culture.”

A Vision for Community Growth

The new North Andrews Gardens Community Center at 250 NE 56th Court opened in late 2023 and includes multi-purpose rooms, a playground, a basketball court, outdoor covered seating, and public parking.

The $6 million project was the first new building and second project completed as part of the Comprehensive Facilities Plan aimed at Building Oakland Park’s Second Century.

Funded through a bond that was approved by 67 percent of voters in 2018, the Facilities Plan is a ten-year redevelopment initiative to construct and renovate several buildings leading up to Oakland Park’s centennial in 2029.

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