Risks and challenges
We are made up of one dozen individuals with a wide array of professional backgrounds to help ensure the completion of this project. We have independently raised $37,000, but have decided to reach out to public funding in an effort to not only complete the project, but also to share and promote the values of John Kelley.
We have worked hard to prove our commitment to this project over the last year by independently raising funds, hosting a road-race dedicated to the project and organizing multiple other event fundraisers. We have also received the local government's approval for a site in historic downtown Mystic (pictured above). This prominent parklet is across the street from the famed Mystic Pizza restaurant featured in the 1988 Julia Robert's movie of the same name.
We have deliberately chosen a longer time frame for our funding because we hope to coincide the completion of the project with the 2014 Boston Marathon: Monday, April 21. This will hopefully allow us to install the statue at the beginning of the Summer in 2014; the busiest time of year in Mystic.
We are currently in the process of choosing an artist to fabricate the statue. The funds raised will be used to pay for the artist's work, the bronze casting, and the installation of the statue. Any funds raised that exceed our goal will be used for future maintenance of the statue and site.
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