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Save The World's Largest Goose

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Raised by 71 people in 18 months
Our father, David C. Jackson, was an artist in Kansas City, Missouri.  Among his many works of art, he was known for creating “Maxie”, The World’s Largest Goose – a 40-foot tall steel and fiberglass statue with a 65-foot wingspan. The sculpture was commissioned by the small town of Sumner, Missouri, in 1974 to commemorate their status as the “Wild Goose Capitol of the World”. Maxie is named after Branta Canadensis Maxima, the scientific name for Giant Canada Geese.

 Maxie has become an inconic roadside attraction and has been seen in numerous articles over the years, as well as a feature film titled "Different Flowers", hitting AMC theaters across the country this month. 

Unfortunately, our Dad passed away in 2013 and we want to preserve his legacy as the creator of Maxie. After 43 years, the sculpture is now in need of major repairs and restoration and there are not enough funds available in the community where Maxie is located.

My two sisters and I, in conjunction with the Sumner Community Betterment organization and in affiliation with Chariton County Community Foundation, now have 501(c)3 status to begin major fundraising efforts including applying for grants and seeking large corporate donations. We are also accepting donations here on Go Fund Me to provide a convenient way for everyone to be a part of this journey to save Maxie. 

Your support is deeply appreciated, not only for what it means to me and my sisters as we honor our father and his life's work - but also for the town of Sumner, MO, which seeks to keep this unique piece of Americana and promote wildlife conservation with the town's immediate proximity to the Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge. To learn more about Maxie -The World's Largest Goose you can visit our Facebook page,  https://www.facebook.com/worldslargestgoose/ or simply Google "World's Largest Goose" for articles and images. Thank you!
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Denise and I will be going live on Facebook in about 5 minutes and give an update on how things are going with our campaign to Save Maxie! Search for "world's largest goose" on Facebook to find us!
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This journey to Save Maxie has had so many amazing twists and turns, my sisters and I experienced a new one last week when the librarian of the Jannes Library at the Kansas City Art Institute contacted us to let us know that a file on Maxie and our dad was recently discovered in their archives! Lora Farrell sent us a sneak peek at some of the photos they have, these are pictures of our dad that we had never seen!! Our dad is a graduate of KCAI and constructed much of Maxie on their campus. Lora commented that it was very usual that a student project would have been kept in their archives, but I'm not surprised - so much of this journey has been propelled by strange coincidences and synchronicity. So here is one of the photos, I love the look on my dad's face - his satisfaction on completing the project and creating such an inspiring monument. My sisters and I have a meeting scheduled for next week to go to the library and personally see the files that was found in the archives. We plan to go live on Facebook so you can also discover what was found along with us, so plan on that March 12th around 5:30pm or so!
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An exciting announcement - we have an official partnership with Oddities Prints to help promote our campaign to Save Maxie! This full-service print shop located in Kansas City will be re-creating these cool, retro bumper stickers that Denise found on an old fridge while in Sumner last October for the Goose Festival. The stickers will be offered to those to donate to help Save Maxie. For those who have already donated and want one, message us your mailing address.
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A friend of mine, Patti Maurer Ledford, came across this printing plate in her parents belongings. Her parents were the owners and publishers of the Belton Star-Herald newspaper from about 1965 to 1985. Patti sent this to me because she knows of our connection with Sumner and Maxie - The World's Largest Goose. It says Joe's Goose Processing Plant, Sumner Missouri. Does anyone have more info about this they can share?
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