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Chevy and Jeep Raffle Supports Custom Bell to be installed at Park’s 911 First Responders Last Call Memorial

Posted Jul 9th, 2017 by Laura Kronmann  Category: Community Interest, General News

 

SYLVANIA, Ohio – For Ohio’s Bicentennial in 2003, the world’s only traveling bell foundry was created. The bell foundry on wheels was designed by Verdin Bell Company and traveled throughout Ohio for three years, casting custom bronze bells for each of the state’s 88 counties.

Once again, this September, the community will have an opportunity to participate in a fun, unique and interactive bell casting experience at Toledo Memorial Park. This one-of-a-kind project, honoring police and fire personnel, will take place Sept. 9-11. The event will culminate with a ceremony and inaugural ringing of the custom bell for the park’s 911 First Responders Last Call Memorial, which was dedicated in 2016. The tradition of ringing the last call bell at firefighter funerals is over 200 years old, signaling that the firefighter has come home for the final time.

Toledo Memorial Park looks forward to honoring first responders with this significant project. Funding for the tribute will be made possible by gifts from the community. Donations can be made to the project’s Go Fund Me campaign at www.gofundme.com/toledo-memorial-park-911-bell or by calling the park at 419-882-7151.

Additionally, a special “Driven by Courage” summer raffle supports the last call bell project. Lucky raffle winners will receive a 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 Z71 4×4 LTZ Crew, presented by Dave White Chevrolet, and a 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4×4, presented by Charlie’s Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram and Grogan’s Towne Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram. Raffle tickets are $100 each, and only 999 tickets are available for each vehicle. Tickets can be purchased by calling Toledo Memorial Park or visiting www.toledomemorialpark.com/events. Raffle tickets will also be available at many community events in the Sylvania area throughout the summer.

Participants of all ages are invited to assist in the creation of the last call bell during the two-day casting event in September. The community will help load 500 pounds of bronze pieces into the furnace through an “ingot brigade.” The bell will be poured, cast and polished on site at the park. The family-friendly event, planned for Sept. 9 from 1 to 5 p.m. and Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature live music from The Sweet Tea Band, food vendors, “touch a truck” presented by Buck & Knobby Equipment Company and other fun activities. The completed bell will be dedicated with a special ceremony and inaugural ringing on Sept. 11 at 9 a.m.

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