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Save The World's Largest Goose

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Raised by 57 people in 15 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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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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Sorry for the short notice but if you are in the Kansas City area and want to visit with me and my sister, Denise, we will have a display about Maxie tomorrow at the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, 4750 Troost, Kansas City, MO. (Just east of the Plaza). There is a fun, family-friendly event going on there called "Geese in Missouri" from 10am - 2:30pm. You can learn about the fall goose migration across Missouri, kids can make crafts including Canada goose hats, learn how to use goose calls, and there may even be some goose meat on the grill to sample. We'll have a display of photos showing how Maxie was originally made by our father. Come on by and say hello!
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It's confirmed - we finally have a 501(c)3 for Maxie!!!! The paperwork is all in order and we will raise funds in conjunction with the Sumner Community Betterment organization and in affiliation with Chariton County Community Foundation, giving us 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. All money collected here on Go Fund Me and at our booth at the Sumner Wild Goose Festival this weekend (and last year) will go into the fund we have established for Maxie within the Chariton County Community Foundation so your donations have really made a difference for us to be able to get this fund started. We had started some of the estimates this summer and will share more info about that as we get more information about what is needed to repair and restore Maxie. But we are celebrating today and appreciate your support!!
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We are very close to getting the paperwork all completed to reach our goal of achieving 501(c)3 tax exempt status for the campaign to Save Maxie! This has been a long process and we truly appreciate everyone's patience. The Go Fund Me page will continue as well to help facilitate donations so please keep sharing that link, but with the tax exempt status we can also pursue corporate donations, grants, etc. We will have a booth once again at the Goose Festival in Sumner, MO, next month so stop by and say hello!
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