By Jane Keller Gordon, Contributing Writer
Westborough – Painted in red about three-fourths of the way up, a fundraising thermometer has been posted directly across the street from Westborough’s Town Hall, to remind residents that the Westborough 300th Anniversary Committee is seeking more funds for its planned celebration. Westborough resident Rob Watts, a retired carpenter, made the sign.
Committee co-chair Reene Hatherley said, “It has been a journey, but we are nearing our goal of raising $200,000, and we wish to sincerely thank the many donors who have already made contributions.”
To date, the committee has raised approximately $143,000, including generous contributions from town residents and businesses. Hatherley said that this past July, the committee sent more than 7,000 letters requesting donations.
Numerous fundraising activities are underway, including the 1717 Shoppe, located at 18 Lyman St. in the Westborough Shopping Plaza in the corner between Supercuts and the Art and Frame Emporium.
According to Hatherley, the $200,000 will be used to fund the 300th anniversary field day and fireworks (Tuesday, June 10), grand parade (Sunday, Sept. 10), Westborough Gala (Saturday, Oct. 7), town manager’s reception (Saturday, Nov. 18), and other events.
The donation form can be accessed Westborough 300th website at: www.westborough300.com/sponsorship/become-a-sponsor. For additional information, contact Reene Hatherley at [email protected] or 508-341-8089.