Three area rotary club presidents presented the Cornelius Town Board Monday night with a check for $15,000 to help fund the Veterans Memorial Monument planned for the land behind Town Hall. The gift, which Rotarians announced April 13, represents the highest sponsorship level for the monument and puts the town significantly closer to reaching its fundraising goal of $165,000.
And, because of the boost in funding, the town officially announced a groundbreaking ceremony to take place on site as part of this year’s Memorial Day celebration May 28 at 11 a.m.
Rotary leaders Denis Bilodeau, of Cornelius, Natisha Rivera-Patrick, of Davidson, and Karla Combs, of Huntersville, presented the check to the board at its regular meeting Monday night. The town now has raised 88 percent of the funds needed, Assistant Town Manager Andrew Grant said.
The gift also puts the Rotary name on the project, which will now be called “The Veterans Memorial Monument at Rotary Plaza.”
Fundraising for the remaining 12 percent continues this weekend, with two events as follows:
The charity ride originally scheduled for April 16 got rescheduled due to inclement weather, and kicks off this Saturday, May 7, at the future site of the monument, behind town hall on Hwy. 115.
Community members are invited to ride – by motorcycle or car – in this organized event where each rider draws a playing card at each of 5 stops. The event has a time limit, but the object is to draw the best hand, not the best time.
WANT TO RIDE?
Registration costs $20 per car or bike, including the drivers, and $10 for each additional passenger or extra hand of cards.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. on site and the ride begins at 9 a.m.
GUNS VS. HOSES SOFTBALL GAME
Cornelius Fire Fighters and Cornelius Police face off in a charity softball game Saturday, May 7 from noon to 3 p.m. at the American Legion Park.
To sponsor the event, contact Cale Ervin at 704-728-9587 or Sgt. George Brinzey at 704-892-1363.
All donations are appreciated, but are not necessary to attend the game. The teams encourage families to come out and bring the kids to watch a little friendly competition.