February, 2016

*Project Status*

The UPVP committee is continuing with its fund raising campaign, reaching out to local organizations, corporations, trust funds, veterans support organizations, service clubs, the veterans community in University Place and surrounding communities, and to individuals to inform them of the project, and to solicit donations in support of the plaza project. As of the date of this update, the committee has raised just over $26,500. Our goal is to raise around $66,000. The committee continues to discuss the project with an interested general contractor who would be willing to manage the construction process. We are also looking for him to contact subcontractors and suppliers who would be willing to donate their skilled labor and materials as in-kind donations. The start of construction date for phase 1 of the project continues to slide as the committee continues with its fund raising campaign in this struggling economy, in an effort to raise enough money through donations and purchased items to begin the construction process.

As of the date of this news update, the committee now plans to construct both the "Circle of Honor" and "Donor's Plaza" concurrently during the summer/fall of 2016. This is subject to receiving sufficient funds to start.

As you drive by the site, note the project sign and banner on top. Also note the 30' flag pole iinstalled at its temporary location to raise awareness of this important project to the passing traffic. The U.S. and POW/MIA flags are currently being flown.

*Upcoming Events*

April 2016 - Fund Raising Breakfast at Applebee's (Date to be confirmed)

June 2016 - University Place "Duck Days" (Look for our tent/booth)

August 2016 - Fircrest Community Festival (Look for our tent/booth)


Donations Update*

The UP Veterans Plaza Committee is very pleased to acknowledge the following major donations and donors:

Item Cost Donor
U.S. Flag Pole $1,900 Jamie Kirkebo
Army Flag Pole $1,500 Roger Gruener/UP Refuse
Navy Flag Pole $1,500 Bob Schwartz
Coast Guard Flag Pole $1,500 John Heinzinger
POW/MIA Flag Pole $1,300 Mike Venuto
POW/MIA Granite Pylon $1,300 American Legion Post #138
Coast Guard Granite Pylon
Park Bench
Kathy Thaut
Greg Gooch
Park Bench (2) $1,900 Tacoma Narrows Rotary Club
Park Bench $950 Robert Lambert

Cash Donations: Many individuals from the community have made cash donations to the project. Their names and donation amounts are too numerous to note here. However, the UPVP committee wishes to express its sincere appreciation to all donors for donations of all amounts.

Donor Tiles: As with the cash donations, many members of our community, too numerous to list here, have already submitted their donor tile order forms and accompanying payments.

THANK YOU for your very generous donations, and stay tuned for project updates!