LOCKPORT – The committee seeking to raise money to erect Lockport’s Fallen Heroes Memorial plans to sell sponsorships for various parts of the monument.
The panel decided Tuesday to offer sponsorships for everything from the concrete to the panels on which the names of the fallen will be inscribed. The committee seeks to raise $150,000 to build the Outwater Park monument to honor all Lockport natives or residents who died in the military, police or fire service.
Chairman Anthony Sammarco said some donations of building materials have been offered, and the city will provide some technical assistance, although not cash.
He said the real cost of the monument might be $350,000 “if we did not take into account the services of the city and contributions of the businesses, if we paid retail, which we’re not.”
An Eagle Scout candidate, Joe Prisaznuk of Pendleton’s Troop 98, is planning to work on the memorial, further reducing costs.
So far, $1,855 has been donated, said Lockport Board of Education member Marietta Schrader, who is heading the fundraising effort. The Niagara County Law Enforcement Foundation gave $1,000 through Sheriff James R. Voutour, and the Lions Club of Lockport gave $500.
Schrader said she has met with William G. May, executive director of the Grigg-Lewis Foundation, to inquire about financial help from that source. “We’re working on the application to submit for funding,” Schrader said.
Sammarco said the city will actually hand in that application, not the committee.
The panel also discussed selling commemorative T-shirts to raise money. Sammarco said raising more than $150,000 would allow a budget for maintenance and future expansion of the memorial.
Alderman Kenneth M. Genewick said a link allowing credit card contributions through the city website will be ready by the end of the year. He said bringing that online by the end of November is “doable.”
The Web page for the memorial is now online through the city website at www.elockport.com.