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Anderson monument fundraiser meets goal

March 17, 2016
By Ann Belcher ( , Westfield Republican

BROCTON - The Brad Anderson Recognition Committee is happier than Marmaduke running away with a bone. The committee announced this week that its campaign has garnered success in achieving their $30,000 fundraising goal which will be used toward a monument of area native Brad Anderson and his merry canine cartoon character, Marmaduke, set to be unveiled on July 2.

Since 2012, the all-volunteer committee has been seeking donations, selling merchandise and working with famed regional sculptor Don Sottile to fittingly honor the cartoonist who passed away last year. As a way to branch outside of the typical fundraising box, the committee set up a 30-day campaign and set out to spread the word in order to seek funds that will aid in paying for the custom monument.

The campaign was scheduled to run until Feb. 28. The day before the campaign was schedule to close, the campaign exceeded its goal according to Committee Co-Chair Al Valentin. "Even on the last day, we were still having funds come in," he added.

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Pictured is the beginning of the Brad Anderson and Marmaduke monument as it’s being constructed by sculptor Don Sottile. The Brad Anderson Recognition Committee recently succeeded in achieving its $30,000 fundraising goal on a campaign. The funds will be used towards the construction of a monument honoring Anderson to be unveiled July 2 in the village of Brocton.

He and Co-Chair Jerry Boltz wish to thank the dozens of donors, scattered throughout the country, for their commitments to the campaign, as well as the hundreds who have held fundraisers, purchased official Marmaduke merchandise and mailed personal donations to the cause.

The two men added that committee members are now busying themselves with grant award applications to local and state foundations in an effort to keep the fundraising stream alive, as the sculptor is well underway with the construction of the monument.

"Don is busy right now. Currently he's working on Brad himself and we're very much looking forward to seeing his work at the July 2 unveiling," stated Valentin.

After Kickstarter finishes collecting the donations the committee can expect funds to be transferred to the committee's online account, which will happen sometime this month. The campaign included a personalized professional video, featuring some of Anderson's closest friends in the area, former classmates from Brocton Central School as well as committee members and the committee agreed to reward pledges in certain dollar amount brackets with treasured Marmaduke prizes.

Boltz reminds the public that the committee is still accepting donations, as the committee prepares to have a pedestal constructed at the Portland Town Hall property on U.S. Route 20, where the monument will stand for the ages.

"We look forward to this being a community event on July 2, as we're expecting many notable names from the syndicated cartoon industry, as well many local, county and state dignitaries. We'll be hosting guests from many different areas of expertise as well as the Anderson family, and we're truly looking forward to this being a wonderful event to celebrate," stated Boltz.

Boltz explained another way community members can become involved in the honoring of Anderson and Marmaduke, describing the committee's memorial brick campaign. The committee met March 8 to discuss details of a brick sale, similar to the one held for the Brocton Arch Park. The committee will announce details of that fundraiser in coming weeks, as they prepare for the July 2 unveiling ceremony.



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