GREEN  With its official dedication set for Sept. 11, roughly $55,000 had been raised and $60,000 pledged to the city’s First Responders Monument, to be added to the Green Veterans Memorial Park, 1900 Steese Road.  

The estimated $125,000 monument is dedicated to the police, fire, EMS and dispatchers who serve the community and country.

"Green, I think, has been very proactive in recognizing those who have served our country or community," said City Council President Chis Humphrey of the First Responders Memorial project. "This is an extension of the sort of programs we do every Memorial Day.  First responders put their lives on the line for all of us in times of need."

The dedication ceremony of the monument will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 11.

"September 11 has become a day to remember, honor and thank our first responders for their dedication to protect and serve, so it is fitting to dedicate this monument to their service on this day," Mayor Gerard Neugebauer said of the event.

Fundraising

Since fundraising began in March, more than $31,000 has been donated by business and individuals including CAM, Inc. ($5,000); PDS Capital Management LLC ($5,000); First Energy Foundation ($5,000); Orion Construction ($4,000); Portage Lakes Rowing Association ($4,000); EDG ($3,000); Marhofer Chevrolet ($1,000); Kisling, Nestico & Redick ($1,000); Novus Clinic ($1,000); and Dale and Wendy Brott ($1,000).

Money was also raised through fundraising events and paver sales, and the Green Fire Woman’s Auxiliary raised $5,200 through the sale of t-shirts. 

More opportunities to donate

As the fundraising effort continues, Green Local Schools will host a "First Responders and Veterans Appreciation Night" Sept. 8 Green Memorial Stadium, during the Green Bulldogs home football game. The evening will include a food truck round-up from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Central Park, recognition to all veterans and first responders in attendance at the football game at half-time, and a raffle to win two round-trip airline tickets on Spirit Airlines. 

Pavers, ranging from $50 to $455, depending on the paver size and inscription, are also still available. Pavers purchased by mid-October will be installed by Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

For complete details and updates on fundraising activities, visit www.cityofgreen.org/veteran-park-fundraising-events.