Pledges pass the $10K mark

Our Fort Ward Community Hall drive hit its first significant milestone this week, as pledges passed the $10,000 mark after just about three weeks of campaigning. 

The milestone comes thanks to the initiative of our Fort Ward Youth Advisory Committee, who took the campaign door to door over the holiday break; the generosity of our Fort Ward neighbors who’ve responded with financial commitments big and small; and now supporters from elsewhere around the island.

In the past few days, we’ve received generous donations from residents in Winslow and the north end of the island, demonstrating that our goal of restoring the fort’s historic Bakery Building for community use is a cause of island-wide interest and import.

Thanks also to the Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation and executive director Barb Trafton, who visited the fort and toured the building last weekend. The foundation will be our fiscal agent for the fundraising drive, qualifying all pledges as 100 percent tax-deductible.

If you’ve not pledged so far, please consider downloading the form on this site and returning it to Stephanie Appleberry at the enclosed address. Remember that pledges will not be called until this coming June.

Thank you to all who’ve pledged so far! Check in to this site for more updates on the Fort Ward Community Hall campaign soon.

Aila Ikuse of the Fort Ward Youth Advisory Committee discusses plans for the restored bakery building.

Aila Ikuse of the Fort Ward Youth Advisory Committee discusses plans for the restored bakery building.

Members of the Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation discuss the historic bakery building during their recent site visit.

Members of the Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation discuss the historic bakery building during their recent site visit.