Reed City Veterans' Memorial Park project receives $6,470 donation

New Beginnings Fellowship Church hosts fundraising events

REED CITY — Plans the Veteran’s Memorial Park project in Reed City are progressing thanks to the efforts of local organizations who have stepped up to do fundraising events in support of the project.

New Beginnings Fellowship Church in Reed City presented Reed City council member and project organizer Russ Nehmer with a donation of $6,470 from their recent fundraising efforts.

“We are excited to support the Veterans’ Memorial Park project and to present Russ Nehmer and the Reed City Crossroads Foundation with this check for $6,470,” said fundraising organizer Angie Tower. “We look forward to the day when this memorial is dedicated in our community.”

New Horizons Fellowship Church hosted a chili cook-off in September, which raised $1,230. Cook-off participants paid to enter the contest and tasters paid to vote for their favorite chili. Participant Jodi Boden won for best chili.

Before, during and after the chili cookoff, Tower said, many in the congregation sold raffle tickets for a prize drawing which took place in October, raising over $5,000 in ticket sales.

Additional fundraisers, including the annual Crossroads Car Show have contributed to the effort, as well. This year the car show raised $8,000 toward the project.

Nehmer told the Herald Review the city will now begin looking for an architect to create drawing and designs for the memorial park based on his original ideas he presented to the city council previously.

The idea for the memorial was raised with the city council after Nehmer returned from serving in the military in Afghanistan.

He said he plans to continue his efforts in fundraising for the project and is looking into grant possibilities to raise money for “this hallowed endeavor.”

"We will look at selling brick pavers, memorial benches, lamp posts and other items to support the park," Nehmer said previously. " A centerpiece of the park will be a sculpted oak tree that will have military dog tags of citizens of Osceola County that served, which can also be purchased."

Sponsors of the project are also welcome, he added.

Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor for the project can contact Reed City city hall at 231-832-2245 or Nehmer at 231-667-0555.