AMESBURY — A donor has stepped forward and pledged to match all funds raised for the Doughboy Monument Restoration up to $7,000 between now and April 1, providing a significant boost to the project’s fundraising efforts.
During the past few months, the Amesbury Veterans’ Memorials Restoration Committee has been seeking donations to help fund a complete restoration of the Doughboy. The funds raised would be used to clean the monument and its three panels, and also repair damage caused by acid rain and natural wear and tear.
Though the committee’s efforts initially generated hopeful buzz around town, the fundraising effort itself failed to gain much traction. Two weeks ago, the committee announced that it had only raised $7,000 — well short of its $20,000 goal — and that, unless things picked up, it was unlikely the group would be able to raise the money in time to hold the rededication ceremony in May, as planned.
Upon hearing about the committee’s struggles, the donors, who have chosen to remain anonymous, reached out to committee co-chairman Paul Jancewicz and offered to pledge the matching funds.
“We heard about it from the story in The Daily News,” said the donor, who lives in Amesbury with his wife and has kids in the school system. The donor added that they settled on the $7,000 figure because if the committee raised that amount, then the match would put them over the top to meet their fundraising goal.
Rosemary Werner, one of the volunteers behind the restoration effort, said the committee is extremely grateful for the donor’s generosity and is hopeful that the community can rally together and take full advantage of the gift. She added that since the last newspaper article, the committee has seen a surge in donations to bring their total to $9,000, and she is hopeful they can go beyond the $20,000 goal to fund additional monument restorations in the future.