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$50,000 grant boosts fundraising to build Jessica’s park

(Jan 24, 2013)

Westminster Legacy Foundation recently received a $50,000 grant from Colorado Garden Show, Inc. to help build a park to memorialize Jessica Ridgeway, the 10-year-old Westminster resident who was lost to the community in 2012.

With the Colorado Garden Show donation, the total raised to date is $353,000 through monetary donations and in-kind contributions. The fundraising goal for the Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park is $450,000.

“We’re delighted to have this major donation from the Colorado Garden Show, and it moves us much closer to our final goal,” said Westminster Mayor Nancy McNally. “It’s fitting that their organization, which gives horticulture-focused grants to so many organizations, will help us build Jessica’s park.”

In addition to the donation, CGS is providing booth space at the 54th Colorado Garden & Home Show, Feb. 9-17, at the Colorado Convention Center. At booth 1513, the Westminster Legacy Foundation will lead fundraising efforts for the Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park. Donations will be accepted throughout the show to help close the final funding gap.

“This grant certainly aligns with our mission to fund horticulture-related projects, but beyond that, the park will be an incredible place for Jessica’s friends and the community to play and remember the incredible girl she was,” said Jim Fricke, executive director of the Colorado Garden Show. “It was a unanimous decision by our board to award it, and we were happy to support the Westminster Legacy Foundation in their fundraising goals to create this special remembrance of Jessica.”

“We encourage people to come to the Colorado Garden & Home Show and stop by our booth to learn our plans for the park and become part of the community effort to help build it,” said Mayor McNally. “We want people to know that every donation, no matter how large or small, is a great way to help us achieve our goal.”

The Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park will be an enduring tribute to the memory of a girl whose joyful spirit touched so many. In keeping with the family’s wishes, the park will be a place for positive reflection and memories. Construction of the park will begin in the spring of 2013 with the park dedication taking place later this year.

To donate or for complete details on the park, including proposed designs, visit the Westminster Legacy Foundation website. The Westminster Legacy Foundation was established in 2001 to support and enhance programs and projects that benefit the Westminster community and its citizens.

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