Honesdale, PA – The Leadership Wayne Class of 2011 is excited to announce they have raised enough money to complete the first phase of their Honesdale Civil War Monument preservation project! With generous donations from area businesses and residents, work is scheduled to begin on the statue. Weather permitting, this week the statue will be cleaned and waxed under the care and supervision of Victor Gavin, retired Monument Preservation Specialist with the National Park Service in Gettysburg.
“The Leadership Wayne class consists of thoughtful, dedicated and forward thinking individuals. The statue is a park centerpiece and we are very thankful for their preservation efforts. This is a substantial undertaking and we are excited to see the project in motion. Utmost thanks to Leadership Wayne,” commented Honesdale Mayor Jonathan Fritz.
To date, the group has raised over $10,000 for this project! “We will continue to raise additional funds to clean and repair the fence surrounding the statue. We feel this is just as important as the statue and is in desperate need of some TLC,” says Orley White, Leadership Wayne Class of 2011 graduate. “We would like to thank the residents and businesses that have donated and helped us get to this point,” adds Brandie Weist, Leadership Wayne Class of 2011 graduate.
The group’s goal is to raise a total of $40,000, which will fund the preservation of the statue, monument base and surrounding fence. No donation is too small! If you would like to contribute, please make checks payable to WCCC-Leadership Wayne and mail to: Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, Attn: Leadership Wayne, 32 Commercial Street, Honesdale, PA 18431. Upon completion of this project, the Leadership Wayne Class of 2011 plans to hold a rededication ceremony in Central Park.