In its first week, The Last River Draw fundraising campaign, kicked off on Feb. 8, is $10,600 closer to its local match requirement of $25,000.
If $25,000 is raised by April 7, 2016 the project will win a matching grant of $25,000 with funds made possible by MSHDA and MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program.
“We have had amazing support right out of the gate with several local businesses, organizations and individuals pledging and donating toward the project. Over Presidents’ Weekend, several fundraisers took place that generated an additional $1,800 in donations to the project. Boyne River Inn donated a portion of their sales on Thursday night, Cafe Sante’ donated a portion of their food sales on Friday, and a bottle drive at Family Fare on Saturday topped off a very productive weekend toward the goal,” said Lindsay Regan, fundraising committee chair.
Several more fundraising events are planned over the next two months including:
The Boyne City Main Street initiative of a life-size bronze sculpture of a logger placed on a log floating in the Boyne River pulling a log with a pike pole used in the early lumbering era.
The idea for the sculpture came from Anthony Williams who asked Martha Sulfridge, a local sculptor, if she would be willing to create and build it.
In addition to these events, other support has come from The Charlevoix County Community Foundation, the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce, The Boyne Valley Lions Club, The Boyne City Rotary Club, Pat O’Brien, Wildwood Rush Zip Line and many other individual donors.