Beecher hopes to plant ‘Ribbon of Hope’ garden
May 23, 2013 1:44PM
Greg Szymanski (center, left) and Paul Lohmann (center, right) with Dean Bettenhausen (from left), Myra Kocsis, Scott Wehling, Christine Szymanski, Barbara Hodgett, Michael Stanula, Susan Sebastian and Howard Perry. | Supplied photo
Updated: June 27, 2013 6:10AM
Planning continues for Beecher’s “Ribbon of Hope” Cancer Awareness Garden, to be built at the far northwest corner of Fireman’s Park adjacent to Miller Street.
The garden will promote cancer awareness.
Ribbon of Hope committee members include Dean Bettenhausen, Barbara Hodgett, Myra Kocsis, Howard Perry, Nadia Schmidt, Susan Sebastian, Michael Stanula, Christine Szymanski and Scott Wehling.
The garden will be 35 feet in diameter and will feature a 14-foot metal ribbon elevated on a six-sided base engraved with words of inspiration. The garden will include stepping stone paths, trees, shrubbery, flowers and benches. The interactive environment will be a tribute to cancer survivors and victims, as well as their support and families.
People who visit the garden will be greeted by its mission statement and given the opportunity to “journey the path” in support of finding a cure.
The preliminary estimate for the project is $75,000.
The committee has established a Facebook page at facebook.com/ribbonofhopebeecher and asks visitors to “like” the page.
The “Ribbon of Hope” committee is looking for corporate, monetary, material, labor and service donations to make the plan a reality.
Monetary donations can be made at First Community Bank and Trust’s Beecher and Peotone locations, as well as the First National Bank of Grant Park’s Beecher, Grant Park and Bourbonnais locations.
Donations also can be sent to Ribbon of Hope, P.O. Box 665, Beecher, IL, 60401. Standard pavers, which will create the walkway of the garden, can be personalized for $100 per brick. Larger pavers are for sale at $180 each.
Order forms are available at the bank sites and at facebook.com/Ribbonofhopebeecher.
The Ribbon of Hope Cancer Awareness Garden is not affiliated with Tractors For A Cure or The American Cancer Society.
All donations will be used to build and maintain the site.
Information is with Dean Bettenhausen at (708) 243-8877 or Barbara Hodgett at (708) 946-6116.