Project AWAYSIS tops fund goal
The co-chairs of the Awaysis fundraising campaign, Gary Lalone and Robert Ohrlund, announced on Monday that the fundraising total now stands at $2,221,394. Of this amount, $2,152,894 is the total of cash gifts and pledges with another $68,500 in-kind donations from various businesses. A total of $860,000 has already been collected.
"This community has really stepped up to the plate and did what many said couldn't be done - not only did we reach the goal, we exceeded it," commented Lalone. "Our sincere, heartfelt thanks to all those individuals and companies who dug deep to help the project become a reality. Exceeding our $2 million goal is proof that many, many people share the vision and understand the promise of Project Awaysis. We couldn't be more thrilled!"
Ohrlund said, "Volunteers were a huge part of this effort. I want to personally thank the division chairs - Tim Pierce, Grace Ivey, Ken and Jolene Davis, Tom and Sue Fitzpatrick, Dick Hakes and Craig Fratzke - and the honorary co-chairs - John Dvergsten, Wayne Forbes and Jack Spooner. Their leadership and commitment were invaluable. Add to that the over 100 other volunteers who made solicitation calls and you begin to see that this really was a community-wide effort."
"Bob and Gary have been tireless," added Wilson, project manager. "Only through their dogged determination did we achieve this total. The campaign took longer than we originally envisioned but they stayed with it. They deserve a big pat on the back."
According to Wilson, the organized fundraising campaign has officially ended, but fundraising efforts will continue.
"We are continuing to work with a number of companies, foundations and individuals who have yet to make a decision regarding their donation," Wilson went on. "Of course anyone can still purchase a commemorative brick and we welcome the opportunity to talk with anyone still contemplating a donation. Given the cost overruns that we have seen it is important for us to continue to draw upon every source that we can."