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Phil Niemisto Pocket Park Statue

$4,610 of $8,500 goal

Raised by 85 people in 19 months
Created June 21, 2017
"I cannot imagine Marquette without Phil, and I cannot imagine Phil without Marquette" That sentiment by local high school teacher and journalist, Eric Hammerstrom in his recent article featuring Phil Niemisto is repeated by many in our City. Eighty-seven year old Phil is a beloved fixture in Marquette’s downtown. On any given day, no matter the weather, Phil can be seen throughout Marquette’s downtown working to keep shop windows sparkling clean or planting and tending his flowers in the Washington Street Pocket Park. The park was recently named by the City Commission as ‘Phil Niemisto Pocket Park’ to honor Phil’s decades of volunteer efforts in our City. Adding an artistic rendition of Phil in the Park would be a lasting tribute to an individual who embodies all the attributes that are special about our community.  This campaign would provide the funds to enable local artist Earl Senchuk to build a life-size statue of Phil to install in the Pocket Park. The statue will be installed on a bench in "Phil's Park" giving the impression that Phil is telling a story to a person standing on the sidewalk in front of the bench.  The statue will honor a dedicated downtown ambassador and tireless volunteer while also providing the community an accessible piece of public art that can be appreciated and experienced by all.
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Update 6
Posted by Mona Lang
15 months ago
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Thank you all for your support of the Phil project. Please join us in a celebration of the unveiling of Phil's statue on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 3 o'clock in the afternoon at the Phil Niemisto Pocket Park (100 Block of West Washington Street) Downtown Marquette.
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Update 5
Posted by Mona Lang
17 months ago
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Not sure what is going on! Go Fund Me is not releasing our funds. They wanted further information - which I sent but I'm wondering if this is a scam. Please send us our funds "Go Fund Me."
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Update 4
Posted by Mona Lang
18 months ago
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Not quite there, yet! We are at 40% of our goal and it would be great to install this before Phil's birthday in October. Please share this with your friends. Phil is so excited about this gift.
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Update 3
Posted by Mona Lang
18 months ago
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We are at 36% of our goal. Thank you everyone who has contributed. We are community!
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Raised by 85 people in 19 months
Created June 21, 2017
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