By bringing this project to Kickstarter, it won't be just Centerville TN, it will be hundreds or even thousands of Minnie Pearl fans worldwide coming together to create a piece of history. By asking all of you to help raise funds for this project, we are hoping that you will help us show the world that all of Minnie Pearl fans loved her dearly and small town value matters.
Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon, known professionally as Minnie Pearl, was an American country comedian who appeared at the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years and on the television show Hee Haw from 1969 to 1991. Wikipedia
Minnie Pearl, a member of the Grand Ole Opry cast from 1940 until her death in 1996, was country music's preeminent comedian and one of the most widely recognized comic performers American culture has ever produced.
Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon became a spokeswoman for the medical center in Nashville where she had been treated. She took on this role as herself, Sarah Ophelia Cannon, not Minnie Pearl, although a nonprofit group, the Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation, was founded in her memory to help fund cancer research. The center where she was treated was later named the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, and has been expanded to several other hospitals in Middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky. Her name has also been lent to the affiliated Sarah Cannon Research Institute.
Receiving the American Cancer Society's Courage Award, which was presented to her by President Ronald Reagan at the White House in 1987, also gave her much happiness. She did a lot of volunteer work for the society and for other charitable organizations because, she said, "I think everyone of us has a social responsibility and a moral obligation to be as kind to people as we can."
What better way to do this as to have a local artist from the same town as Minnie Pearl to build her out of chicken wire? Why might one make "Minnie" from chicken wire you may ask? Only a hand full of sculptures have been made from chicken wire so this makes it very unique and intriguing. When people see sculptures, they often walk straight past but with chicken wire they double take and return to have a closer look. You can see their brain is trying to work out how it's made.
Our goal is to create a project of six chicken wire sculptures over the next few years for Centerville. A place for when people coming to visit Minnie Pearl's hometown from all over the world, will have a really cool experience and be very proud of small town values.
We have set a smaller goal of $10,000.00 so that we can complete the eight foot Minnie Pearl statue and start one more, that we may be able to complete in time for our Banana Pudding Festival.
The more we raise from Kickstarter the better chance we have to complete all six statue and will set Stretch Goal as we go.
Since 2009 The hometown of Minnie Pearl has been with out a statue of Minnie.
Well if you are a Minnie Pearl fan you probably all ready know the story, but in case you did not. A home town fan of Grand Ole Opry star Minnie Pearl had a bronze statue built in her honor in 2005, then got mad and moved it to another town in 2009, then to a winery in 2010, then to another state in 2011.
Minnie Pearl's statue has fled across state lines. Her owner, Rod Harris, made the statue to inspire young people in Minnie's home town of Centerville, Tennessee. An anonymous donor covered much of its $150,000 price tag. The donation came with a caveat: The statue couldn't be moved from its position in front of the courthouse without Harris' permission. The notion of moving her even a few feet in either direction irritates him. "Minnie Pearl should be center-stage," says Harris, who runs a small music management company. But after several years The City of Centerville had to changed the statue position in order to re-route the traffic and increase parking around the Square, and Rod disagreed. He eventually ended up trucking Minnie to a hotel lobby in another town, then to a nearby winery, and now he's taken her 100 miles northwest into Kentucky. The statue currently occupies a prominent spot in the main room of the Wrather West Kentucky Museum -- although Rod has reserved the right to move her again whenever he wants to.
My name is Ricky Pittman, I am the founder and owner of egrapevinestore.com. We create grapevine arts and crafts from wild grapevines. I am a local artist from the same town as Minnie Pearl. What I am offering you, is a chance to help me produce the Minnie Pearl Chicken Wire project that has a one of a kind 8-foot statue of Minnie Pearl made from chicken wire and colored bronze. It will then be donated to the town of Centerville, TN where her journey began. . I've already started to produce it as a personal endeavor for our town and will continue long after this Kickstarter project is over, but realized it will be very expensive to complete on my own. What I am asking from you is to help me raise enough funds to complete the statue project.
I have an idea! I know I can do it! What I do not know is how long it will take or how many times I will fail. -Ricky Pittman
The Location: Centerville TN, of course (home of Minnie Pearl) and the Hickman County Chamber of Commerce will determined the best location possible in Centerville,TN.
The town is located approximately 60+/- miles southwest of Nashville off I-40.
Minnie Pearl was from Grinders Switch that is located in Hickman County. The town square of Centerville was recently restored and is located in one of the most beautiful areas in Tennessee with all the rolling hills and natural rock bluffs.
The goal to complete the Minnie Pearl project in time for our National Banana Pudding Festival 1st weekend in October, River Park, Centerville, TN. 2016 for all to view
YES! We know that not everyone is able to give financially, but there are other ways you can help. By spreading the word about this campaign on your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and other social media accounts, as well as passing the word along to your friends and family, you can help increase the buzz about our project and hopefully bring in more donations.
If we exceed the campaign goal, we will use all of the extra funds to expand the Minnie Pearl program by offering more variety of statues to the Hickman County Chamber of Commerce . They will define which and where each statue goes. All statues will be a donation with no caveat to the Hickman County Chamber of Commerce Centerville, TN.
The Hickman County Chamber of Commerce will have multiple drawing to choose from.
Grinders Switch home of Minnie Pearl Statue limited edition hand drawn by pencil "artwork original" will be number #1 and donated to the Minnie Pearl museum in Centerville, TN .
The original artwork will then be traced and given to donors in chronological order. After this Kickstarter project is over there will be no more of this artwork made.
Kickstarter backers will vote on ten different artworks to determine what three drawings the Chamber of Commerce will choose from to become the artwork.
Hickman County Chamber of Commerce
"Ricky, you are a wonderful asset to our community and your talent is amazing. Your support and generosity to our county is helping our community more than you know! What an amazing project!"
Gary Jacobs Mayor of Centerville, Tn
"This is a great project and the City of Centerville wholeheartedly supports you! We are so proud to have you and your creative talent in our community! "
Risks and challenges
There are limited risks involved in the making of this project.
No foreseeable risks or challenges other than not reaching our funding goal that may delay the completion date a bit, but in no way will they risk the project as a whole.
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