A Call to Action: Give

The idea for Veterans Memorial Park started as a conversation in 2017 between two local veterans about how to honor both deceased and living veterans with roots in our community.  Other local veterans got caught up in the excitement and the Veterans Memorial Park Committee was formed. The idea is becoming a reality.

A plan for the park  that would serve as a memorial to veterans and provide a lovely, peaceful area for visitors, complete with a picnic pavilion and restrooms, was put in place with a project cost of $1,011,466.  Trees were removed in May and construction of the park will begin this month.

The Veterans Memorial Park Committee is doing very well at fundraising.  The response in support of veterans has been great.  In fact, 2/3 of the needed amount is in place, but there is still the last third of the money to be raised to complete this worthy project.  Dedication of the park has been scheduled for July 4, 2020.

Many of our donors are civic organizations and businesses as well as private individuals.  Those giving in excess of $5,000 will be honored as Star Donors with categories from 1 Star to 5 Star Donor.  Gifts of any size are welcome and necessary to finish the work.  All donations will be acknowledged.  We are asking for your help to complete the project.

 
Don Johnson (center) presents a $5,000 check from the Sertoma Club on July 26, 2018 to Grant Haugen (left) and Gabe Pipo (right) accepting on behalf of the Veterans Memorial Park Finance Committee.

Don Johnson (center) presents a $5,000 check from the Sertoma Club on July 26, 2018 to Grant Haugen (left) and Gabe Pipo (right) accepting on behalf of the Veterans Memorial Park Finance Committee.

 

There are many ways to donate.

You may give a one-time donation or pledge an amount to be paid in installments.  Memorial gifts are a great way to honor a loved one.  Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions or volunteer hours made by their employees.  Employee groups, organizations or neighborhoods may decide on a special way to raise money to give.

Veterans Memorial Park is a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity approved by the IRS, and as such, donations may be tax deductible as allowed by applicable law.

Scott Kiemle