BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – Fort Madison Rotarians are off to a good start in their campaign to raise $100,000 in 100 days.
Just two weeks into the campaign, which began on March 13 to raise funds for the rehab of the Central Park bandshell, the club has raised close to $8,000.
The group is also hoping to raise funds to replace lighting in the park and rehab the Statue of Liberty.
A Rotary committee is wanting to rehab the wooden supports and foundation of the band shell after termites were discovered to have done damage to the structure on a recent inspection.
Additional funding needs for the park include $6,000 to $8,000 for repainting the band shell, $30,000 for new lights in the park, and at least $12,000 to refurbish the Statue of Liberty, as well as other upkeep.
Those wishing to make a tax-deductible donation to the effort can do so by sending donations to the Fort Madison Rotary Club, P.O. Box 100, Fort Madison, Iowa 52627. Checks should be made out to D6000 HEF and a tax-deduction letter will be sent to the donors.
When the committee started looking at the cost to drill out the timbers and reinforce them with metal, a repair that Driscoll said would be cheaper than replacing the whole substructure, they started looking at other repairs needed.
The club’s annual citywide Picnic in the Park is scheduled for June 23, so club members decided to make the fundraising campaign a $100,000 in 100 days to celebrate their 100th birthday. The Picnic in the Park will be the final day of the 100-day campaign, which will kick off today and run through June 23.