$25,000 Challenge deadline nears for City Band and Normal Park
The Merrill City Band is leading the charge in a fund drive to raise a little over a half million dollars for the band and to develop Normal Park. Generous anonymous donors have issued a challenge to the Merrill area community. They will match contributions up to $25,000 through Labor Day. Donate by Labor Day and your contribution is effectively doubled.
Plans for Normal Park include a building that will house restrooms, concession stand and small picnic shelter, warming house, and storage. A new lawn with irrigation, new lighting, additional trees, benches, walkways and picnic tables are also in the renovation plans and the Optimists are raising money to add a small playground. All areas of the park will be ADA compliant.
The City Band has an account set up through the Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Credit cards are accepted and all donations are tax-deductible. Checks should be made payable to the Friends of the City Band. You can elect to have your contribution go to the band, to the park, or wherever it is needed most. Call 715-536-9474 or send donations to: Friends of the City Band, Chamber of Commerce Foundation, 705 N. Center Ave. Merrlll, WI 54452. You can also log on to the new websites of the Chamber of Commerce (merrillchamber.org) or the Merrill City Band (merrillcityband.org) to print a donation form.
The band is appreciative of all contributions made to date and would like to thank in advance all those who plan to donate in the future.