Lawrence VFW Post 261 announces capital campaign Renovation 2011
VFW Post 261 members invite business and community members to the post to kick‐off Renovation 2011, a campaign designed to update and improve the existing facility on Pendleton Pike. “As the Lawrence community continues to upgrade and update Pendleton Pike, it’s time for our building to receive upgrades, updates and a facelift,” says Commander Bruce Swenson. “Our post has remained mostly unchanged since it was built in 1974. As we support soldiers and families returning home from duty, we want to have a safe, well‐designed and deserved facility for those who serve our country. We need the support of the community to make that happen.”
Open House Events
Wednesday, May 18, Noon to 1 p.m. RSVP to email@example.com or 317‐823‐0481. Business owners and leaders are invited to lunch and a preview of the Renovation 2011 project.
Community Event‐Celebrating Armed Forces Day
Saturday, May 21
8 to 10 a.m. Community breakfast ($6 adults, $3 children 10 and under)
9 a.m. to noon Keep Indianapolis Beautiful tree planting followed by a garden dedication (noon)
10 a.m. Vendor Booths Open, including Monical’s Pizza and Patriot Trading Post (featuring necktie designs representing each branch of the military, POW‐MIA and patriotic)
Noon to 3 p.m. Community Cook‐Out and Carnival featuring games, clown, bouncy house, live music, Horse shoe and corn‐hole tournaments
About Renovation 2011
The Renovation 2011 capital campaign goal is $500,000. Funds will support:
• A new facade, replicating an American Flag.
• The exterior parking lot will be repaved adding a terrace for al fresco dining.
• New exterior lighting and landscaping will be added, including a Memorial Tree Garden with support from Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.
• Signage will be updated and relocated for better recognition from Pendleton Pike.
• Renovated Community Room seating up to 120, which will be available for rent.
• New, separate ADA compliant bathrooms in both the bar area and Community Room.
• Refurbished canteen/bar area including a “USO‐style” lounge area, expanded kitchen and serving area.
Renovation 2011 donors to date include: Milestone, various VFW Post 261 members, including Larry Ward who donated a truck for a raffle. In‐kind donors include: Monical’s Pizza‐Pendleton Pike in Lawrence, Sam Ash Music Company, and Staples‐Lawrence, Specified Lighting Systems and William E. Baker Co., Tad Lupton, AIA, LEED AP, and Sandi Ballard, Growing Forward.
Renovation 2011 Belief Statement
VFW Post 261 members believe in preserving freedom, giving back to community and spreading the message of patriotism through inclusive community and state programs. They are committed to giving the veterans who are returning home the support and proper post they deserve through capital upgrades to a facility that has existed, and been mostly unchanged, for more than 30 years. They are calling on the community’s to give back to veteran and newly returning veteran members.
Events are free and open to the public.