What was an idea several years ago is becoming more and more grounded in reality as contributions for the project continue to accrue. Doug Harbour, organizer of the annual September First Responders Tribute event and parade, said recent donations are helping to reach a point where it’s all starting to come together.
The most recent donations include a $2,800 donation from the Lamar Elks Lodge February 23rd which will pay for the flag pole at the memorial site, planned for property owned by the Big Timbers Museum on Highway 287. The State Elks organization also made a $3,000 contribution following a meeting PER Jared Crabtree attending in January in Colorado Springs where he explained the goals of the Tri-State 9-11 Remembrance Committee.
The Committee’s most recent contribution was a $10,000 check presented Tuesday, March 14th by Jan Hall, a Trustee of the Butler Huddleston Memorial Foundation. “The Foundation is happy to be able to make this donation for this worthwhile and very significant contribution to the local community,” Hall explained during the Committee’s meeting at the Lamar Community Building. This is the largest single cash donation that has been made to the committee to this point, said Harbour.
Some additional funding is expected from the El Pomar Foundation. Harbour explained he had been in contact, explaining the plans for the memorial to that charitable foundation and he recently received word that a grant would be forthcoming, although he was not at liberty to divulge the amount.
Home Depot was also contacted and pledged donations for electrical hook-ups as well as building materials to construct a retaining wall which will be incorporated into the memorial at the Museum site. Harbour said that amounted to $4,500 worth of materials which won’t have to be purchased. Local donations are also expected from Big R which is contributing a split rail fence and Bob Emick is donating some flat rock and stone work for the memorial site.
By Russ Baldwin
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