On Saturday, April 23 the University Place Veterans Plaza Committee will team up with Applebee’s at 3819 Bridgeport Way West to host a flapjack fundraiser to raise money for the construction of the University Place Veterans Plaza on Cirque and Bridgeport Way West. The University Place Veterans Plaza committee was formed in 2009 by the late City of University Place Councilwoman Jean Brooks and her husband Harvey Brooks.
The committee is currently made up of a diverse group of community leaders, civic leaders, veterans organization members and community volunteers. The UP Veterans Plaza will provide a prominent location within the city to hold veteran related events and memorials such as on Memorial Day, Flag Day and Veteran's Day. It is the hope of the committee that through the addition of the memorial plaza, an opportunity will be created for the residents of University Place to participate in the development of the plaza in honor of its military veterans.
“The fundraiser is raising money to help complete the University Place Veterans Plaza to serve as a permanent memorial within University Place to honor and celebrate the service and sacrifice of all veterans from University Place, both living and deceased, and to acknowledge the sacrifices made by the families of these veterans,” said Committee Treasurer Howard Lee. As of February 2016, the committee has raised just over $26,500. The goal is to raise around $66,000 for the construction of the plaza.
The committee hopes that through fundraisers like the flapjack breakfast and others to come that plans to construct both the "Circle of Honor" and "Donor's Plaza" will be able to get off the ground concurrently during the summer/fall of 2016. This is subject to receiving sufficient funds to start. As you drive by the site of the future plaza on Cirque and Bridgeport Way West, passersby can see the project sign and banner as well as the 30-foot flag pole with the U.S. and POW/MIA flags currently being flown at this temporary location to raise awareness of this important project to the passing traffic.
Give back to your community this Saturday morning by enjoying a breakfast at Applebee’s consisting of pancakes, syrup, butter, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, milk, juice and coffee. All of this for only $10, half of which is returned to the UP Veterans Plaza as a donation from Applebee’s. Lee states, “The flapjack fundraiser is Applebee's way to give something back to the community.”
Come out Saturday from 8-10 a.m. to enjoy some tasty breakfast with your fellow community members and donate to a great cause for memorializing our nation’s heroes. If you would like more information about the University Place Veterans Plaza project visit: http://www.upveteransplaza.org/.