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County Sports Complex selling engraved bricks as fundraiser

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Fulton County Recreation Committee is selling engraved bricks as a fundraiser for the new Fulton County Sports Complex being built on Highway 9, just north of Fulton County Hospital.

A one time donation of $50 for one brick, $45 each for two bricks or $40 each for three bricks or more will purchase an engraved brick to be displayed in a structure at the complex. Donors will receive a certificate commemorating their donation, and the gift recipient will also receive a certificate.

Order forms can be found at the County Clerk's office and also at the Areawide News office in Salem.

The Committee is also offering business sponsorships to several of the venues at the complex. Currently, FNBC, the Bank of Salem, Salem Clinic - Dr. Griffin Arnold and Mike and Sharon Carpenter of Carpenter's Metal Recycling have purchased sponsorships of the four baseball/softball fields.

Sponsorship opportunities still exist for the basketball courts and goals, three of the scoreboards, several concrete picnic tables and four grills to be placed on site.

Businesses interested in sponsoring one of these items can contact Annette Henley at 895-2850.

Bronze, silver or gold bricks that will be on permanent display can be purchased as a memorial. The bricks cost $250, $500 and $1,000, respectively. There is also a Fulton County Recreational Complex savings account at the Bank of Salem to which any amount of money can be donated.

Karen Coffman with the Salem Little League Association said besides purchasing sponsorship, there are a number of ways individuals and businesses can help.

"Some can't give money," Coffman said. "Anything helps -- maybe you can donate materials or labor."

The current plans are to build an all ADA compliant complex on the 25 acres located across from the South Fork River.

In addition to the four baseball/softball fields, a basketball court, skateboard ramp, walking trail, pavilion, picnic area and, if funds are available, possibly a soccer field and tennis court are in the works.

Though Fulton County was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism to begin the project, at least $62,500 needs to be raised to complete the current plans for the complex.

"This facility will be for all the residents in Fulton County," said Fulton County Judge Charles Willett. "The kids in this county don't have very much and this is something we need to do for them."

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