A non-profit group providing support for those who have suffered the loss of a child is seeking to create an Angel of Hope memorial in Gering’s Gentry Park.
Representatives of the group ‘Angel of Hope – Reunited in Heaven’ made a presentation of their proposal to the City Council this week, seeking the city’s support of the effort.
Member Becky Horne told the council the project would be done in multiple stages. “We’re starting out with three phases, hoping to have final completion of funds raised by December 2020,, and will be setting a budget once we have approval from the council,” said Horne. “We’ll be establishing a memorial paver cost, we’re doing some estimates, and we’ve been referred to Herstead Monument Company, who did the Angel of Hope statue in Sidney, as well as Brick Markers USA, which did the Scottsbluff High School pavers.”
Fundraising for the project would begin next month with a Halloween Ball, with a third of the overall funding expected to come from the sale of pavers containing the names of children who have passed away.
The focal of point of the memorial, the statue, would cost $30,000, with additional monies to be raised and more added to the memorial as time progresses.
Oregon Trail Community Foundation will help the group organize financial arrangements.