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Save The World's Largest Goose

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Raised by 53 people in 9 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 with initial estimates of $30,000 and there are not enough funds available in the community where Maxie is located.

My two sisters and I need to raise $1,500 to form a 501(c)(3) organization so we can encourage large donations for the cause. We will use the GoFundMe money for the expenses involved in forming the non-profit foundation, creating banners and marketing material. Any money leftover once we create the non-profit organization will go directly towards the goal of restoring and preserving Maxie - The World's Largest Goose. Time is of the essence and the need is immediate - our goal is to raise $1,500 by Dec. 1, 2017. 

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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We are ramping up for phase 2 of Save Maxie! Please share this new info within your social media networks. The Go Fund Me goal has been increased to allow for additional expenses anticipated in our efforts to align with the Chariton County Community Foundation (CCCF), an IRS approved 501(c)(3) organization that facilitates philanthropic activity in Chariton County, Missouri, where Maxie is located. We are in the process of creating a directed fund with this organization so we accept tax-deductible donations and gifts towards the larger goal tentatively estimated right now to be somewhere between $30k - $50k to restore and maintain Maxie. The directed fund within the CCCF will streamline the process much quicker than us creating our own 501(c)(3) organization. However, in order to be accepted with the CCCF, the official ownership of Maxie must be legally determined so that is where we are now. There may be some costs associated with a land survey and legal fees. All donations collected to date and any new donations given will go towards these efforts of getting established with a 501(c)(3) so we can then move forward with getting larger, corporate donations for the actual restoration and maintenance costs. And of course, the grass-roots donations of so many people who love Maxie and want to see her restored to her glory! Any donations left over after achieving the goal of getting 501(c)(3) status will then go into the directed fund for the actual restoration and maintenance of Maxie. Those of you who have already donated - thank you so much! The excitement and activity generated in the first round of Go Fund Me donations, the engagement on our Facebook page, and the donations and warm reception experienced at our booth at the Sumner Goose Festival really impressed the CCCF and they are unanimously in favor of allowing us to create a directed fund in their organization once we have the ownership issue resolved. If you have already donated, please share this new Go Fund Me goal in your social media to help us!
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Super windy today in the Kansas City area - makes me wonder what it's like for Maxie when they have strong winds in Sumner, MO! As you may know, Maxie is on a pivoting base so she turns with the wind. Hi, Debbie here, and I apologize that it's been so quiet from us on the Save Maxie campaign. Just have not had anything new to report. We were supposed to have a meeting this month with an organization that we think will help us reach our goals in restoring Maxie, but that meeting was cancelled due to icy roads that night. So we are now setting our sights on a meeting in February and hope to have news for you after that. Meanwhile, all donations received are safe and sound and ready for the next step to Save Maxie!
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It's #GivingTuesday! We are so grateful for all who have given already in support of Maxie - The World's Largest Goose. Please consider sharing this post today for anyone who would like to help us in the home stretch to reach our goal. Thank you!
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Happy Thanksgiving! This Debbie with my sister Dawna, our other sister Denise is celebrating Thanksgiving out of town. We are the daughters of the artist behind Maxie and we are all very thankful today for you! The outpouring of support for our father's sculpture, Maxie - The World's Largest Goose, has been amazing and your donations are very much appreciated. We are closer to getting restoration done to preserve Maxie and it's because of your support. Thank you!
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