Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Anonymous Donar Jumps On the Wellsville Revitalization Committee's Train
Wednesday – June 15: The Shop Local campaign introduced last month by the Wellsville Revitalization Committee (WRC) is apparently picking up steam. The “Jump On The Train – Shop Local Campaign” sponsored by the Committee was reported in the local newspapers recently. The campaign encourages shoppers to at least try to shop locally before heading out of town for what they need. Statistically every dollar spent on goods and services in the Village keeps at least 45 cents of that dollar here.
As reported this evening by WRC President Candy Bangor that newspaper report caught the eye of one generous benefactor. After reading the report the benefactor came to Wellsville to personally visit the floodwall murals and to see the bicycle rack presented to Center Pharmacy last year for the 1st annual Community Pride Award. They liked what they saw and contacted the Committee. Bangor announced that the benefactor has pledged $10,000 to help complete the floodwall murals and to use the balance left over to continue the work of the WRC. Bangor said the benefactor wishes to remain anonymous and their wishes will be honored.
Started seven years ago the WRC began with the murals in hopes to attract visitors to Wellsville that would patronize local merchants. They joined the Main Street USA program with the goal to rejuvenate the business area of the village supporting Wellsville merchants and hoping this would attract new businesses. Toward that goal the Shop Local Campaign was initiated and has been well received by Wellsville merchants.
Future plans call for a dedication ceremony for the murals and a festival to commemorate the occasion. Once the $10,000 pledge is received they plan to get a bronze sculpture made of a young girl and boy sitting on a bench reading a book with part of that donation. If approved by the Wellsville Library Board of Directors it will be placed in front of the library along Main Street.
Bangor expressed deep gratitude for the very generous donation to the WRC and added it will enhance the committee's fund raising efforts such as the hot dog sales and the annual Village Yard Sale in the fall.
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