GRAND BLANC — Fund raisers are closing in on their goal of raising $26,000 to be used toward the construction of a centennial pavilion and gardens at the Perry Center in Grand Blanc.
As of Monday morning, 31 donors had contributed $25,140. The deadline for accepting donations through the crowdfunding platform Patronicity is Sept. 30.
If the campaign hits the $26,000 mark, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation has pledged to match the donations through its Public Spaces Community Places program. For details and to donate, visit www.patronicity.com/project/perry.
When the Perry Center opened in January 1922, it became the first consolidated school in the state of Michigan.
To commemorate the milestone anniversary, community leaders plan to build a centennial pavilion and gardens near the playground.
The pavilion and gardens are designed to serve as an outdoor classroom as well as a gathering place for area families and friends.
Students in the construction programs at Grand Blanc High School will build the pavilion.
The gardens and greenspace will have historical plaques depicting the history of Grand Blanc and the Perry Center.
Donors may purchase plaques as tributes to someone and to help raise funds for construction and landscaping at www.patronicity.com/perry.
Those who prefer to give offline by cash or check may make donations payable to the Perry Center Centennial and drop them off at the Perry Center between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., or mail donations to Perry Centennial Committee, 11920 S. Saginaw St., Grand Blanc, MI 48439.
Public Spaces Community Places is a collaborative effort of the MEDC, the Michigan Municipal League and Patronicity.