The Leschi community’s efforts to build a memorial to fallen Officer Tim Brenton are getting closer to reality, with the group telling CDNews that they are at 60% of their fundraising goal and expecting several other large donations soon.
As we reported exclusively last month, the memorial committee is trying to raise $25,000 to fund a street-side memorial that will mark the spot where Officer Brenton was murdered last Halloween.
Committee member Robert Cipollone tells us that they have raised $4,200 in cash donations and $10,000 in materials and services from area companies, putting them at about $10,000 from their goal. Those numbers do not include donations that have been pledged from the BluWater Duck Derby and the Seattle Police and Firefighters guilds.
The cash and materials donations currently in hand are enough to allow construction to begin on schedule in October, pending city permitting that is currently underway. The balance of remaining donations will be used to set up a maintenance fund to ensure the long-term upkeep of the memorial. Although the committee assumes that much maintenance will by done by volunteers, the city is requiring the establishment of the maintenance plan to make sure the memorial is kept up as neighbors come and go.
Leschi Community Council
Attn: Officer Brenton Memorial
Po Box 22391
Seattle WA 98122-0391