We Energiesâ€™ donation puts memorial project on track to be built this spring
A memorial pavilion planned for Coal Dock Park in Port Washington is likely to be built this spring.
Organizers said Tuesday they are confident the pavilion will be built after receiving a $30,000 donation from the We Energies Foundation â€” a gift that brings their fundraising efforts to more than $60,000.
The pavilion, which is being built in honor of 15-year-old Tyler Buczek and 24-year-old Peter Dougherty, who drowned off Port Washington in 2012, is expected to cost $90,000.
The We Energies Foundation donation â€śknocked me off my feet,â€ť said Joe Buczek, Tylerâ€™s uncle and the person who spearheaded the fundraising drive.
â€śMy gut feeling is come springtime, weâ€™ll be starting construction,â€ť he said. â€śIt would be awesome if it could be completed by Memorial Day, since itâ€™s a memorial pavilion.â€ť
Mayor Tom Mlada announced the news at Tuesdayâ€™s Common Council meeting, calling it â€śan exciting day for us.â€ť
â€śI think weâ€™re going to be able to deliver on that commitment to get construction done in 2014,â€ť he said.
Buczek said the community has been instrumental in making the pavilion a reality.
â€śWithout the help and support of everybody, I know it would never have gotten off the ground,â€ť he said. â€śWeâ€™ve knocked on a lot of doors.â€ť
Individuals, businesses and clubs have contributed more than $22,000 toward the memorial, Buczek said, and a number of trade unions have offered to donate time and materials to build the pavilion.
â€śWhat youâ€™ve done is phenomenal,â€ť Ald. Dan Becker said. â€śItâ€™s going to be a wonderful memorial and an asset to the community.â€ť
Buczek said Tylerâ€™s family has been overwhelmed by the support, both financial and emotional, of the community.
â€śOn behalf of the Buczek family, we want to say think you to everybody,â€ť he said. â€śThe overall support from the first day has been so wonderful. Itâ€™s amazing how much people have supported our entire family though this.â€ť
Buczek noted that anyone who wants to purchase a memorial brick at the pavilion must place an order by March 1. More information is available at the website http://tylerbuczek.donationbricks.com.
Tax-deductible contributions toward the memorial may also be made at City Hall, 100 W. Grand Ave.