Connecting our community:
The campaign to replace the Fox Point footbridge
MORE FOUNDATIONS JOIN THE EFFORT; NOW 75% OF THE WAY TO ORIGINAL GOAL
The Ralph Evinrude Foundation and the WE Energies Foundation have both made significant donations to the campaign to rebuild the footbridge in Fox Point. The Evinrude Foundation made a gift of $7,500; the WE Energies Foundation made a gift of $1,000.
The Evinrude family -- founders of Evinrude Outboard Motors, a company that builds a major brand of outboard motors for boats -- long maintained a home in Fox Point and is considered one of the village's founders. The company itself was founded in Milwaukee in 1907.
Both gifts will be matched by an anonymous donor, who will be matching all donations of $1,000 or more until December 31st.
As of December 13, Footbridge Friends has raised more than $470,000 in pledges and gifts, putting the campaign at 75% of the way to its original goal of $625,000. Recent discussions at village board meetings suggest that construction costs for a new footbridge may be less than originally believed, which may put the campaign even closer to success.
Footbridge supporter Ed Hipke died last week. Ed grew up on Barnett Lane and had fond memories of the beloved old footbridge. He spoke out to the Village Board about the need to keep a footbridge over the ravine passage and worked with us behind the scenes and with active fundraising to see a new bridge happen. Ed was a gentleman with a wonderful sense of humor and an admirable sense of community. We will miss him and are grateful that many of us newcomers to the village got to know him through this project. Rest in peace, Ed.
Footbridge Friends is thankful to have raised $445,250, with generous thanks to an anonymous donor who has matched all pledges of $1,000 or more and will continue to do so until Dec. 31st! Please consider making a pledge, writing a check or increasing your pledge as part of your year-end giving. And have a Happy Thanksgiving!
FOOTBRIDGE CHALLENGE GRANT NETS $132,00; DONOR EXTENDS OFFER TO DECEMBER 31 TO MATCH DONATIONS OF $1,000 OR MORE
Fox Point – Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, Footbridge Friends has made great strides in its year-long effort to replace the iconic footbridge over the ravine between Bridge and Barnett Lanes.
The four-month challenge gift has resulted in $132,000 generated toward the campaign, with $66,000 in new or significantly increased pledges being matched dollar for dollar. A number of key of donations in late September put total fundraising to date over the $400,000 mark, said Barbara Schwartz, president of the Footbridge Friends, Inc., the citizens group working in a public/private partnership with the Village board to fund a new footbridge.
Footbridge Friends is more than 60% of the way to its goal of $655,000. The campaign has generated gifts and pledges of all sizes, from $25,000 to numerous $5,000 and $1,000 pledges, as well as the initial gift of $18.18 given to launch a successful effort.
In addition, the anonymous donor, who was pleased by the response to the challenge, has now offered to modify and extend it until December 31, 2013 for all new pledges of $1,000 or more.
“While I have been encouraged by the generosity of residents across the village who want a new footbridge, the extension of this offer to match donations is incredibly appreciated,” Schwartz said. “If 50 new donors each pledge $1,000, the match will bring this project past the half-million-dollar amount.”
FOX POINT FOUNDATION SUPPORTS FOOTBRIDGE PROJECT
Many thanks to the Fox Point Foundation for pledging $2,500 to the footbridge project. Under the leadership of president Christopher Mehring, the foundation has worked tirelessly for years with village residents to make Fox Point a special place to live.
According to its Web site, "with resident involvement and financial support, the foundation funds projects and activities that enhance our community and improve our quality of life, helping to make Fox Point the wonderful place we're proud to call home."
The foundation has supported many worthy projects since its formation in 1976, most notably the Independence Day parade and the annual Summer Serenade.
For more information about this important organization, we suggest that you check out its Web site at www.foxpointfoundation.org. And please consider supporting this group financially in the future!
WE'VE PASSED THE $400,000 MARK!
We rolled into October with more than $400,000 in pledges and gifts. We are closer than ever to a new footbridge, with a full schedule of activities scheduled for the rest of the year. Thanks to everyone for their support!
A SAD DAY IN FOX POINT...
(August 15, 2013) The footbridge was torn down today. Workmen have been on the site since August 5, removing the decking and fencing and preparing it to be collapsed, pulling it down from the Barnett side of the ravine. They only removed six trees in advance of the tear down, in keeping with the village's promise to be as environmentally sensitive as possible. While we have been working hard to raise funds for the a new bridge, one can't help but be emotional on a day like this. So many memories....
But there is hope, even on a sad day like today. That's why we have been working so hard, so a new footbridge can again span the ravine and serve the North Shore for another 100 years.
There is video of tear-down at www.jsonline.com Video is expected to be posted on the Village of Fox Point web site.
ANONYMOUS DONOR ISSUES $100,000 CHALLENGE GRANT
An anonymous donor has issued a $100,000 challenge grant to any new gifts of $5,000 or more to the Footbridge Friends between now and September 30, 2013. Additionally, current donors of $1,000 or $3,000 who increase their contributions by $2,000 are also eligible for the match. Visit the Giving page to make your contribution now.
For many decades, Fox Point area residents have delighted in an iconic footbridge that stretches 300 feet across one of the lakefront's deep ravines. Located between Bridge and Barnett Lanes, it provides a welcome path for hikers, bicyclists and runners – or families just out for a stroll. This natural oasis in our urban community provides stunning views of Lake Michigan as well as the majestic woods and small stream that runs through the ravine.
The footbridge, built in the early part of the last century, has now deteriorated to the point that the Village of Fox Point was forced to close it in October, 2010 for safety reasons.
Our non-profit organization, Footbridge Friends Inc., was established in the summer of 2012 to support the funding of a new footbridge.