OREGON – Despite a news release last week that said only $35,000 remains to be raised for Black Hawk Statue repairs, a local fundraiser says the actual amount is still about $90,000.
Eric Schenck, executive director of the Illinois Conservation Foundation, said in the release Wednesday that “about $35,000 is all that is left to be raised after the Etnyre and Oregon Together donations, plus pledges made by local foundations, are taken into account.”
Roger Cain, a member of the Oregon Together Black Hawk Restoration Team, said Monday that the $55,000 difference is pledges, not cash in hand.
“We’re down to needing $90,000,” Cain said. “Inside that $90,000, we have commitments for some of that, but we don’t have the money yet,” and some commitments may not be available until October.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, which has jurisdiction over the statue, will not issue contracts for the work until all the money has been received.
Cain is concerned that those planning to donate may believe no more funds are needed.
The restoration team has been raising money needed to obtain a matching state grant for $350,000 approved by the Illinois General Assembly in late May. The cost of the repairs is estimated at $600,000.
Donations to help pay for Black Hawk repairs can be made at www.ilcf.org or sent to Illinois Conservation Foundation, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702.
Call Black Hawk Restoration Team Chairman Jan Stilson at 815-732-7439 for more information.