Open house brings in $1,700 in pledges

Thank you to everyone who attended our Fort Ward Community Hall wine and cheese social Sunday evening.

The event brought in more than $1,700 in pledges toward the historic bakery building restoration campaign.

More than 40 people came by to enjoy a glass of wine and hear presentations on Fort Ward history and the community hall project.

The occasion marked the announcement of our first two grants: $500 from the Coast Defense Study Group, and funding for an informative banner thanks to Bainbridge Island Rotary. The banner will be displayed across the front of the building, to explain the project and guide passersby to more resources about our community hall project.

We also had continuous video screenings of “The Little Fort at Bean Point,” a 2003 documentary film about the history of Fort Ward. The film had a steady audience throughout the evening.

Our distinguished visitors included Alfred Chiswell, curator of Puget Sound Coast Artillery Museum at Fort Worden in Port Townsend, and board member of the Coast Defense Study Group; Christina Doherty, Community Education Coordinator for IslandWood; and Beckey Anderson, president-elect of the Sakai Intermediate School PTO. Representatives of the Bainbridge Island Park District, the Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation and other island groups were also on hand.

We’re grateful to see so many new faces and for the chance to share with them our Fort Ward history and our plans to turn the historic building into a community hall.

Thanks to the evening’s pledges, the fund drive has topped the $14,000 mark.

 

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Our new banner, funded by a grant from Bainbridge Island Rotary.