$ 10,000 still needed for Johnny’s Bandstand sculpture in Custer | New
The Custer Sculpture Committee is close to meeting its fundraising goal for the planned sculpture of Johnny’s Bandstand, but more funds are still needed, and the committee is asking for help from the community to make it happen. ensure that the goal is achieved.
“With the help of many of you, we were able to raise $ 60,000, but (we) need an additional $ 10,000 to complete this great project,” said Custer Village Treasurer Jody Baunoch . “We ask that you (who) have spent many weekends dancing your heart out at Johnny’s, to consider making a donation.”
Baunoch encouraged people to help if they could, saying the sculpture would honor a famous part of Custer’s story – something unique that sets her apart from other communities.
Baunoch told the Daily News on Monday that the estimated costs of the sculpture had increased for several reasons. There are some drainage issues that needed to be addressed for the plot where the sculpture is supposed to be, on the Mason County East Campus, on the east side of Custer Road, just south of the high school building.
“The drainage works are worth $ 4,200,” said Mr. Baunoch. “The cost of the sculpture has increased by approximately $ 2,000 since the initial estimate.”
There are also shipping costs to consider for the materials and the cost of the commemorative bricks, which will be placed around the base of the sculpture. People can buy bricks and have them engraved with their name, the name of a loved one or a contributing business or organization.
Donations can be mailed to Custer Village, PO Box 153 Custer, MI 49405. There is also a PayPal account accessible from the Custer Sculpture Facebook page.
Contact Baunoch at (231) 613-0029 or Committee Co-Chair Lolly Griswold at (231) 757-3962 for more information.
Custom bricks cost $ 100 each. Those interested in purchasing them must complete an order form. Contact Griswold, committee co-chair Karen Reader at (231) 757-2552, or any other member of the sculpture committee, which also includes Deb Howe, Paul Shoup or Ed Miller for more information.
ABOUT THE SCULPTURE
Fundraising for the project began in September 2018, with hopes of making Custer a stopover on the Mason County Historic Sculpture Trail and the Mason County and Lake Musical Heritage Trail.
Johnny’s Bandstand was chosen as the inspiration for the sculpture because of its importance to the region. In its heyday, the place played host to nationally recognized artists, such as Bill Haley and the Comets, Chubby Checker, and many more. It was also the first site in western Michigan with a capacity of 500 seats, according to the committee.
The sculpture will feature musicians and a singer playing with a microphone from the 1940s, as well as a bas-relief of people dancing to the music.
The Village of Custer plans to commission artist Tyson Snow to build the sculpture. Snow has also created sculptures at Ludington Rotary Park, Maritime Heritage Park, and West Shore Community College.