Archive for Thursday, May 31, 2007

Community group seeks funds for Baker fountain

May 31, 2007

A group of Baldwin City residents wants to do something to honor Baker University's 150th anniversary. It's a downtown water fountain and help is needed.

The Baldwin City Chamber Fountain Committee has been gathering funds for some time for the fountain, which will be located in front of the chamber office at Eighth and High streets, according to Kate Badenoch, a member of the committee.

"Many donations have been secured, but more are needed to make this project a reality," said Badenoch. "Please consider participating in this community project through a donation.

"The family names of those who donate $500 or more will be engraved on a bronze plaque to be permanently displayed on pillars near the fountain," she said. "This is a great way to have your family name be a part of Baldwin City history. Other donations will be publicized at the dedication ceremony and published in the Signal."

The plaque is being held for families only.

"The Baker Gift committee wanted to keep it with individual names to keep it more personalized and less commercial," said Dave Hill, another member of the committee. "With this in mind, they are not wanting to use business names on it."

Baker University was founded in 1858 and is the oldest college in Kansas. Festivities celebrating the even will begin soon and last through next year.

"Baker University was founded by a group of Methodist ministers determined to bring education to our once small, prairie town," said Badenoch. "Since 1858, Baker University has been a large part of Baldwin City, producing graduates who have made positive differences in their communities and ours.

"For years, Baker has consistently been listed as one of the top Midwest universities by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review," she said. "As a community, let us join together and celebrate the great partnership between Baker University and Baldwin City."

For additional donation information, call Bill Harmon, committee chairman at (785) 423-1500 or Badenoch at (785) 594-3900 or (785) 760-4120.

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