Financing for the Veterans’ Memorial at Veterans’ Community Park is progressing. Many of the benches available around the memorial have been sold, thanks to the efforts of Leo Sutera and the fundraising committee. The committee consists of Bryan Milk, Parks and Recreation Director, Lee Rubenstein, Commander of VFW Post #6370, Dave Belgrade, Keith Dameron, Jim Lang, Steve Stefanides, Carole Roberts and Valerie Simon.
Lee Rubenstein, chairperson for the fundraising committee, said, “Our local VFW post has gone above and beyond to bring this memorial to life by making a further financial donation to the City of Marco Island in the sum of $10,000.00! A check will be presented to the City formally at the February 7th City Council meeting. The VFW made a donation of $10,000.00 last year to jump start the project, now we’re showing how committed we are to follow it through. “
According to Leo Sutera, “Sales of the benches have been brisk, but we can add a couple more if someone comes forward wanting to honor or memorialize a family member.”
Lee noted the availability of pavers. “We also have Patriot Pavers available in three sizes starting at a 4” X 8” for $100 up to 12” X 12” for $500. Check your local newspapers for an order form, or stop by Mackle Park and pick one up.”