Appleton to Donate $100,000 to City for New Plaza

June 5, 2007 - Appleton said that it will recognize its 100th anniversary and the sesquicentennial of the city of Appleton by presenting the city with a $100,000 gift to underwrite the construction of a plaza in City Park.

Plans for the plaza will be unveiled June 9 at about 5 p.m. at the city’s sesquicentennial celebration in City Park following the annual Flag Day parade.

The company will also sponsor participation by members of the University of Wisconsin marching band in the city’s annual Flag Day parade as well as a post-parade concert at City Park.

The city of Appleton will use the company’s gift to construct a circular plaza in the center of City Park to serve as a focal point in the park and a permanent, year-round gathering place for members of the community and visitors.

Construction is expected to begin in August with completion and dedication scheduled for mid-November.

“We chose to provide this gift to the city of Appleton to honor our employees and retirees for helping our company and our customers grow and prosper during our first 100 years of operation,” said Mark Richards, chief executive officer. “We also want to recognize the support we have received from the city of Appleton and from the people of the community during that same time.

“We are proud to have maintained our company headquarters in Appleton throughout our century of operations. Now as an employee-owned company since 2001, we feel our roots here have grown deeper than ever. We hope this plaza will serve as a lasting sign of how proud we are to call the city of Appleton our home,” Richards added

In addition, the company plans to begin an annual tradition by hosting a holiday tree-lighting ceremony in the new plaza following the city’s annual Downtown Holiday Parade on November 20.

SOURCE: Appleton

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