Launching Corporate Phase; $150,000 Raised

Garner Veterans Memorial Launches Corporate Phase; $150,000 Raised

GARNER, NC (May 24, 2011) — On the eve of Memorial Day 2011, the GarnerVeterans Memorial Committee today launched the corporate phase of its fundraising efforts toraise $500,000 to erect a veterans educational memorial at Lake Benson Park with theannouncement that $150,000 of the goal has already been raised and/or committed.

Jay Strickland of WingSwept and executive chairman of the Garner Veterans MemorialCommittee (GVMC) told a gathering of business men and women at a kickoff breakfast that thisphase of the campaign is designed to allow the business community, both large and smallbusinesses, to be a part of building the memorial. He noted that the $150,000 raised to date hasbeen both in direct contributions and challenge grants that are designed to stimulate activity byother businesses.

Harold Annis of ms consultants and Faye Gardner of the Garner Chamber of Commerce,president and vice president respectively of the GVMC, said that during the quiet phase since theidea of a memorial was announced several years ago much work has been done and that theproject is proceeding on a planned schedule.

“Our first commitment was to select a design for the memorial that not only honored ourveterans, but it also provided an educational opportunity for everyone, especially young people,”Annis said. “We were very pleased with the designed presented by Clearscapes Architecture +Art, a Wake County design firm. An interesting point is that the designer who headed the projectfor Clearscapes is a Garner resident.”
Gardner added that later this fall the fundraising efforts will shift to a brick-buyingcampaign that will appeal directly to individuals. At that time the public will be able to purchasea brick used in the construction of the memorial in honor or memory of an individual.

The Garner Veterans Memorial will be located in Lake Benson Park in Garner on landdonated by the Town of Garner. The memorial is a silent tribute to the nation’s militarycampaigns, with various panels denoting the military efforts by decades. On the other side of thebrick courtyard of the memorial are smaller panels listing the names of Garner-area men andwomen who sacrificed their lives in defense of the nation. A place designed for reverent solitudeamong the park’s open meadow, the memorial will serve as an education designation for schoolgroups from nearby Garner schools.
More information on participating with the campaign’s fundraising efforts may beobtained by contacting Gardner @ 919-772-2214 or fgardner002@nc.rr.com

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