Mid-afternoon miscellany

-The biggest building project under way in West Seattle right now is dealing with a good dose of rainwater, according to the photos we found here.

-The wonderful history-focused blog Vintage Seattle is taking a closer look at the northernmost “Painted Lady” currently on the market in West Seattle (as mentioned here in October).

-According to an e-mail just sent out on the Duke’s mailing list, the date is set for the Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza Project fundraiser at Duke’s on Alki (as mentioned here last month): 6 pm December 27, hosted by radio talker Dave Ross, with promised appearances by two West Seattle political readers — here’s a screengrab from the e-mail:


The e-mail continues from there, with a personal note from Duke himself asking attendees to bring a donation of at least $150. The SLPP is taking reservations; contact info is on their site.

5 Replies to "Mid-afternoon miscellany"

  • Libby Carr December 4, 2007 (9:24 pm)

    The correct address for our website is http://www.sealady.org. However, if you are interested in making reservations for the Duke’s Dec. 27th event, please make your reservations with us personally by calling us at 206-938-8720 or 206-938-8721. Thanks so much for supporting this event and this project.

    By the way, we plan on making a financial report to the WS Blog community in a few days when we have received our monthly summary statements from Urban Sparks. In the meantime, we are raising money from both businesses and individuals who believe in creating a crown jewel of a gathering place around this symbol we all love. Thanks for being a positive part of that process.

  • Jan December 5, 2007 (12:25 am)

    maybe they could change that big building site into a community pool and park ;-)

  • Jo December 5, 2007 (11:17 am)

    “…we plan on making a financial report to the WS Blog community in a few days.”
    Thank you, Libby.

  • Jo December 10, 2007 (5:12 pm)

    Libby: Do you have any financials you can share with us?

  • Libby Carr December 13, 2007 (2:59 pm)

    Dear WS Blog:

    I am sure many of you have been waiting for a financial update on how we are doing at this point in time with the fundraising efforts for the Statue of Liberty Plaza project. I was waiting for the most recent figures, so here it is:

    As of Wednesday, December 12th:

    $13,500 – Funds raised thru Urban Sparks (Net)
    $50,000 – Grant from City of Seattle
    $10,500 – Prior fundraising balance

    $74,000 – Total
    +17,000 – Pledges currently identified

    More funds are continuing to be identified and pledged, so the rest of the money is in process and we could Use Your Help to Make It Happen!

    Note: Expenses now accounted for include total $3,673.26 at this point in time. A 7% fee is charged by the fiscal sponsor, printing is already done for all promotional material (10,000 brochures, 5,000 inserts, 144 t-shirts), website expenses, postage & office supplies. No money has been expended for the volunteer time of the Carrs, or their committee members.

    We think we are doing very well here and are optimistic that we will be successful in raising the rest of the money to build this design in 2008.

    We have been in contact with the Mayor’s office and we are in agreement that we will build as much of this design as we have the money for, so Yes, it is very important that we finish raising all the money needed to build this design. We would even like to have a bit left over, just in case for any further contingencies such as adding some backs to some of the benches, a suggestion that came from the Sept. 13th meeting. Also, the existing families with benches at the site now are being offered the option of having one of the new benches in the new design at no charge.

    We are now also focusing on names for the Major Donor Plaque for the pedestal ($15,000+), Benches ($5,000) and a new category of Landscape Plaques ($2,000).

    In general, we are ramping up fundraising efforts with special Brick promotions (see website http://www.sealady.org) more print and live media exposure, more internet and blog exposure, a fundraising event at Dukes on Dec. 27, and just lots more phone calls in general to Statue supporters. We have agreed with staff in the Mayor’s office to wrap up fundraising efforts by January 15, 2008.

    So, if you are one of the people whose been planning on buying a brick “one of these days,” that day has arrived! If you want to give a truly memorable gift this Holiday Season, there is probably no present that will last longer.

    We know this community has the capacity to finish this project just as we have envisioned it now for 3+ years. Now is the time to step up and demonstrate what we can really accomplish together, and finish this project for generations of people to come.

    Thanks, in advance, for your help!

    Paul & Libby Carr, Co-Chairs of the SSLPP
    206-938-8720 As of Wednesday, December 12th:

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