(click on news/podcast tab to hear interview with Terry Nelson at Saturday’s event)
An estimated 250 people turned out Saturday morning for the Trails and Pathway Committee’s “Pave the Path” family walk.
Registration began at 8 am after a stormy night and participants then took a stroll through a portion of Wilderness Park, where breakfast and inflatables for the kids awaited them.
Committee member Terry Nelson announced a $250,000 donation from the Nielsen Foundation. Director Jeff Baldwin was on hand for the event.
In all, the committee has raised $600,000 in six months toward the $1.3-million goal.
Other donations include$50,000 from Gwen and Dick Lindberg, $50,000 from F&M Bank, a $50,000 anonymous gift, and a $20,000 donation from Charter West.
For $10,000 donors can also have a bench put along the pathway in someone’s name.
The committee is challenging 100 young people to give $500 over five years to show their commitment to the project and to show other foundations in the area the support the project has.