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Rebuild the Round Barn

$2,805 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 25 people in 7 months
The mission of the nonprofit Rebuild the Round Barn, Ltd., is to raise funds to construct a replica of the demolished Fountaingrove Round Barn, destroyed October 9, 2017 in Santa Rosa, California.

My name is Moira Reynolds Bessette. I was born and raised in Santa Rosa, California, and graduated from local schools, including Montgomery High School and Santa Rosa Junior College.

I did not lose my home, but like every Santa Rosan, I know and love many who did. I want to help my hometown start healing as soon as possible. I am forming a nonprofit to work on one small piece of this enormous task we face.

We hope to rededicate the Round Barn as a memorial to the victims of the fire and a museum containing artifacts of the fire. Help us restore an important community symbol and give survivors and visitors a place to congregate and remember — a sacred space like the 9/11 memorial in NYC.

While it is more important to meet the immediate needs of our neighbors who tragically lost everything, it is hoped that by replacing this beloved symbol that represented home to many generations of Santa Rosans and Sonoma County residents, we can bring a little warm familiarity and a new/old resource that replaces loss with renewal.
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Merry Christmas from Rebuild the Round Barn! Donations have slowed because of the holidays and because of the fires in Soithern California, but that’s okay. We will be exploring new areas to bring attention to this campaign. We are also receiving some private donations to our account at RCU, and we are still getting new shares. Happy holidays, and Happy New Year!
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Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We have more, generous donors (donations are up 50% since our last update),more new volunteers and another hundred shares since the last update — thank you so much, everyone! Special thanks to Sunnyside Cottage, Rincon Valley. They are selling a Round Barn Christmas ornament, and donating half of all sales to our campaign. Wow! We are very grateful. Happy holidays, Sonoma County.
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We heard from dozens and dozens of locals Saturday at Old Courthouse Square during the Sonoma Strong event! Hundreds of great remarks, and no one had anything negative to say. So refreshing! We have had 75 new shares in the last week and a few hundred more dollars. All of this is great — and Several more people have stepped forward to help with this project, to lend their time and talent and passion because this is a project they believe in. Thank you, everyone!
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It’s Tuesday ... good morning! Posting a weekly update. Many thanks to everyone who has shared or posted ... most recently a blog post from Steve Bruner and a “spread the word” post from Cammy Blackstone! Both childhood friends since about 5 years old. We have more than doubled the number of “shares” (nearly 200 more) in the last week, and doubled the number of contributions, too; I call that a great success. Thanks to our great, resilient, caring hometown locals, all of the words of support from across the county and across the world. We heard from former SR residents in two European countries, too. We are just getting started!
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$2,805 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 25 people in 7 months
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CM
$200
Carolyn Mayes
2 months ago
$50
Bill Montgomery
3 months ago
AC
$100
Andrew Child
5 months ago
SJ
$200
Samuel Jones
5 months ago
$1,200
Sunnyside Cottage
6 months ago
DG
$30
Deann Green
6 months ago
TC
$50
Tiffanhy Campana
6 months ago
$200
Sunnyside Cottage
6 months ago
DC
$50
Dakota Croog
6 months ago
$50
Julie Peterich
6 months ago
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