The fundraising effort to erect a statue honoring longtime downtown business owner and community steward Stanley Caulkins has hit the halfway mark.
Diane Canney, owner of Sunset Hills Vineyard near Purcellville and the person spearheading the fundraising efforts, said the tens of thousands of dollars raised thus far has been all through individual donations without corporate involvement yet.
Perhaps the best part, Canney said, is that donations have also come with unsolicited “Stanley stories” of how Caulkins touched the lives of the donors.
Although she is thrilled with how far they have come on fundraising, the next step is sending the sculpture off to the foundry, a lengthy and expensive process that takes six months and costs upwards of $30,000. Each donor will be recognized in some way during the dedication ceremony, and donations of $5,000 or $10,000 will get a donor’s on part of the sculpture. Hopes are to have the sculpture dedicated and in place by next summer.
Those who would still like to donate may visit the Friends of Public Arts website at leesburgpublicarts.org. FOLPA is acting as the fundraising arm for the endeavor as it is a nonprofit organization.
A special opportunity to get a sneak peek of the sculpture will take place Saturday, Nov. 10. Canney and sculptor Jeff Hall will host an open house brunch at his Lovettsville studio, 39331 Rodeffer Rd., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. where the sculpture will be on display. For more information, contact Canney at firstname.lastname@example.org.