An Important Update regarding
July 4 funding:
In a normal year, the George, WA July 4 Celebration event costs the George Community Hall between $12,000 to $14,000. This year, coming out of the past year and a half with no income from rentals or events, and facing a complete roof truss replacement project for our facility, we have had to severely cut the July 4 budget down to bare bones.
Currently, donations for the July 4 Celebration amount to $6,125. The fireworks show, all by itself, is costing $6,000. Community Hall Board members are using our own GCH sound equipment (plus some borrowed equipment), volunteer sound engineers, volunteer musicians and volunteer speakers. We are doing our very best, so that your family can have a memorable, enjoyable Independence Day celebration.
It is not too late to support the Fourth of July at George! Your contributions are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE, since the George Community Hall is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. You can donate through PayPal on this page, or if you prefer, write a check to George Community Hall, PO Box 5064, George, WA 98824. You will receive a year-end receipt, with our thanks. There will also be Donation Boxes placed at the Pie Pavilion, and on the outdoor stage during the July 4 event.
THANK YOU for participating with us, to keep the July 4 tradition alive in George, WA!
Contributions to the George Community Hall are TAX- DEDUCTABLE
We almost thought this wasn't going to happen.
When the George Community Hall's Board of Directors learned that the roof trusses in our 50+ year-old building had failed, we wondered HOW we were going to be able to raise the funds necessary to repair or rebuild the roof. At first, contractors guesstimated that it was going to cost around $70,000.
That sounded like a lot.
Then an engineering firm did a more specific and detailed
study and determined that the cost would be more like $250,000. That'll make some board members swallow hard, we can tell you! It was further decided that we would have to appeal to the
Washington State Legislature for funding.
Meanwhile, our supporting donors stepped forward with donations that enabled us to promise significant matching funds for the grant from the 2019 legislative budget. While we were told early on that things looked promising, recent news of the legislature's budget negotiations sounded grim indeed. We were almost ready to expect the worst...when the best news came: OUR ROOF PROJECT IS FUNDED!!
We don't yet know when the demolition and re-construction will occur. But we are profoundly grateful to all who have been pulling for us along the way: our donors who support our efforts to keeping the fun traditions, events and activities alive in George, WA, AND the Washington State legislators who took the time to consider our request, particularly State Senator Judy Warnick and Representative Alex Ybarra; and to all who went the extra mile and wrote letters of support for the project. THANK YOU, to all of you!
As a result, we can look forward to many more years of usefulness of our facility to the George, WA community.
UPDATE: DUE TO THE RAPID INCREASE IN THE COSTS OF CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, IT IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY APPARENT THAT OUR FUNDING IS INSUFFICIENT. WE WELCOME YOUR FURTHER SUPPORT. WE LOOK FORWARD TO BEING ABLE TO BRING GREAT EVENTS TO THE GEORGE COMMUNITY ONCE AGAIN!
Checks may be mailed to:
George Community Hall
PO Box 5064
George, WA 98824