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Song & Soup fundraiser set for Draper park

By BROOKE J. WOOD

brooke@southwesttimes.com

Half of the funds needed to build a pavilion and restrooms at Draper Community Park   have been raised as the next big fundraiser looms on the horizon.

The Draper Mercantile will host Soup & Song Tuesday, June 30, 5:30 to 8 p.m. This fundraiser is entirely donation-based, with money being collected at the door.

So far, donations and fundraisers have brought in $30,000 as the Draper Community Park board continues its 2018 initiative to raise money needed for the park by offering steaming bowls of soup courtesy of The Merc and musical talent from local performers.

“We have several people interested, and are creating a line up schedule,” explains Carol Smith, board president.

Although the exact lineup is incomplete, she says the music will probably be mostly contemporary Christian and gospel.

While The Merc has not released their soup menu, according to Smith, they’re promising at least two kinds of soup to warm up those frozen by early winter’s bitter cold snap.

The event includes a silent auction and people may still purchase dove and leaf plaques for the donor wall at the park.  Note cards, depicting former schools at the park site by Angie Edney, will also be available for purchase at the Soup & Song event.  The cards are $12 for a set of 4.

 

“For now, all proceeds from the note cards   go toward the building of the pavilion and restrooms,” explains Smith.

 

The Merc, which is providing space, labor and soup for the event, also sponsored the first official fundraiser last year with barbecue sandwiches.

“We appreciate all that The Merc has done.  They are a great community partner and we would not be at the level we are without their support,” Smith observes.

After raising money for the pavilion and restrooms, Smith says fundraising efforts will continue for the playground and other items needed at the park not covered by the insurance settlement money for the 2011 tornado that damaged the former school site.

As always, donations may be made at any time by contacting a member of the Draper Community Park board. Members include John Hawley, Dean Pratt, Fran Streff, Barbara Cain, Brian Gardner, Gayle Kiser, Beulah Webb and Smith.

For more information, contact 540-994-2453 or email chsmith@pclibs.org.

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