A successful fundraiser at Ken Kostal’s Big Bopper restaurant in Danbury Township was held on Thursday, Feb. 21, to raise funds for the purchase of 26 memorial trees to be planted in Newtown, CTt.
Over $1,300 was raised that evening with the assistance of the community, local stores and restaurants, the sale of spaghetti dinners donated by Kostal and the sale of tickets for donated raffle items. To date, the total raised for the project is just over $2,600 with another $400 pledged by Lori Fletcher and Patty Pepa from the upcoming 9th Annual Marblehead Bank 5K Daisy Run to be held on May 9. The pledge will be used toward the purchase of a memorial sign to accompany the trees. Fletcher and Pepa, both Assistant Vice-Presidents at the Bank, organize the yearly run with all proceeds going to area charitable organizations.
Danbury Township Trustee Dianne Rozak, coordinator of the 26 Trees project, stated, “With just over $3,000 in the bank account and pledged we are nearing our goal to purchase 26 evergreen trees for Newtown, a next-door neighbor to Danbury, CT, for whom our township is named. We would like to raise another $500 to cover all of the expenses for the tree purchase and planting.”
Donations will continue to be accepted until mid-March at both locations of the Marblehead Bank, at the Danbury Township Police Station and at Danbury Township Hall where a 24-hour drop-box is available outside of the zoning office. Checks should be made payable to the Newtown Community Fund. Questions can be directed to Rozak at (419) 798-4071 or visit the township’s website at www.danburytownship.com for further information. In the event donations exceed the amount needed for the tree purchase they will be donated to a fund established in Newtown for the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy.