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Save Our Tree Commemorative Fund

$9,380 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 47 people in 8 months
Created February 28, 2018
Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce
on behalf of Whitehall Chamber
  The Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce is raising funds to pay for construction of a sign made from and displaying carvings from limbs salvaged from our community Christmas tree.  In 1928 several gentlemen searched the woods near Whitehall for a tree that would be planted permanently on Main Street.  Previous to that time, a tree was cut each year and disposed of after the holiday.  It was decided that planting a permanent tree was more practical so they began a search for the perfect tree.  This 15 year old Norway Spruce was located, dug out and transported to town by horses and sleigh.   After serving the community for 88 years, the tree was ordered cut down to accommodate highway improvements at the railroad crossing.  Residents and former residents fought to keep the tree without success.  In order to honor our ancestors that worked so hard to provide this tree for our enjoyment for so many years, carvings have been made that will be built into a welcome sign for our community.  The Scandinavian "Velkommen til Whitehall" will create part of a substantially constructed sign that will protect the carvings from the weather and support it from cracking or sagging for years to come.  It will be placed in Whitehall's Fredrickson Park for all to enjoy.  In order to complete this project, donations are needed for the construction of the sign and landscaping around it.  All funds raised will go toward the construction costs which we hope can begin in the Spring 2018.  The carvings preserve what could be salvaged from the tree so it continues to live on in our hearts.  Donations of any size will be much appreciated! The Save our Tree Group of supporters numbered in the hundreds when efforts were made to prevent the tree from being cut down.  Will you consider supporting this effort to preserve part of Whitehall's history?  For more information, go to our Facebook page at Save Our Tree - Whitehall - Public Group.  https://www.gofundme.com/save-our-tree-commemorative-fund?member=11374 .
If you have questions about the project, please message us on the Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page or email us at whitehallchamber@tcc.coop.     Donations can be made on this GoFundMe link and there are no fees charged except for the typical small credit card processing fee.  Donations can also be made at Royal Credit Union in Whitehall or mailed to the City of Whitehall, P O Box 155, Whitehall, WI 54773.  Please consider helping!
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RJ Jurowski Construction employees Dewey Johnson and Randy Jurowski worked on pouring the footings for the sign.
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RJ Jurowski Construction held a groundbreaking with members of the Chamber of Commerce and Save Our Tree group on October 22, 2018!
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We are excited to announce that we have received a $3000 Local Spark Award from WEA Trust! The $3000 grant was presented at the League of Wisconsin Municipalities conference in Wisconsin Dells on October 25th. We continue to look for other funding sources and appreciate the boost that the WEA Trust has provided for this project!
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We have exciting news! We've been notified that our Velkommen til Whitehall sign project is the recipient of a $3000 grant!! The WEA Trust and League of Wisconsin Municipalities is awarding $3000 to help complete the sign preserving some of Whitehall's historic Christmas tree. This grant will allow us to begin construction and you will see activity in Fredrickson Park yet this fall as Jurowski Construction works on getting the footings in. We are very appreciative of this grant and of all the donations received from our friends and families in and around Whitehall but there is more to be done and we still need your help. Spread the word that more funds will be needed to complete this project!
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$9,380 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 47 people in 8 months
Created February 28, 2018
Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce
on behalf of Whitehall Chamber
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