Donations sought for sesquicentennial's legacy project

Robert Houk • Jan 10, 2019 at 9:21 AM

Johnson City’s Sesquicentennial Commission is raising funds for a $2.5 million legacy project at King Commons, and local businesses and residents have a number of ways to make a tax-deductible contribution.

Fundraising committee members Marcy Walker and Donna Noland said Wednesday donations of any amount will be appreciated.

“We want to appeal to everyone in the community to step up at whatever level they feel comfortable with,” said Walker, a former city commissioner, who also helped raise money for the creation of the Niswonger Children’s Hospital. “It’s going to take large donations and small donations.”

Noland agreed, adding the Sesquicentennial Commission has identified the downtown park for as the ideal place for a nature adventure area and Legacy Circle to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the city’s charter. Funds raised by the committee will be added to the $1.3 million the City Commission has already earmarked for the project.

“What a positive message for today to be developing a space to bring people together,” Noland said. 

She said the natural adventure area and Legacy Circle and will be a “multi-generational and all-inclusive” site for families to gather in downtown Johnson City. Noland also noted the park, which will offer state-of-the art play features for all ages, builds on the success of downtown redevelopment to promote outdoor activity and a healthy lifestyle.

Legacy Project Recognition Levels

Legacy Circle: $250,000 and above

Johnson’s Depot Society: $100,000 to $249,999

Railway Expansionist: $50,000 to $99,999

Educational Ally: $30,000 to $49,999

Industrialist: $15,000 to 29,999

Early Pioneer: $1,500 to $14,999

Walker said the legacy project will help usher additional development in the downtown, as well as be an asset to the nearby Johnson City Public Library. The Legacy Circle will celebrate the city’s history, as well as honor the individuals who helped make that history. 

“It will be a cool reminder of where we’ve been and where we are going,” Walker said.

Fundraising for the sesquicentennial celebration’s legacy project includes six designations for donors. They run from the classification of “Early Pioneer” for a contribution between $1,500 and $14,999, which earns donors at that level a copy of a commemorative sesquicentennial book and their names on a recognition display, to those with the “Legacy Circle” designation, who will get their names paced on permanent railroad ties to be installed at the site for making a donation of $250,000 or more.

Regardless of the amount of the check, Noland said every donation to the project will be treasured by the Sesquicentennial Commission.

“It’s members of this community who will make this legacy project a reality,” she said. “All donations are being sought and will be appreciated.”

Donations can be made online by going to www.jctn150.com, or by mailing a check to the City of Johnson City/ATTN Janet Jennings , CPA, CPFO  at 601 E. Main St., P.O.Box 2150, Johnson City, TN 37605-2150.

Send financial questions to Jennings at janetj@johnsoncitytn.org, or by calling 434-6033.

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