Middletown to host fundraiser for veterans’ memorial
Middletown is hosting a gala Saturday to raise money for its new veterans’ memorial.
The fundraiser will take place at the town park from noon until 7 p.m. Attendance is free, although donations are encouraged to chip into the town’s $50,000 bill for the memorial.
Mayor Charles Harbaugh IV said all activities at the gathering, including a cornhole tournament, two live rock bands, and a dunk tank, were all donated to the town for the event. He hopes the pay-it-forward mindset will catch on and residents will donate some money when he passes the hat around.
“There’s no suggested donation,” Harbaugh said. “It’s a completely ‘give whatever you feel compelled to give’ situation. Just know that it’s all going to a good cause.”
The cornhole tournament (of which the mayor will be participating) starts at noon, before the bands come on at 2 p.m.
Town Councilman Scott Fink said there will also be food vendors selling hot dogs, hamburgers, funnel cakes and similar products, and they will be donating 10 percent of their proceeds to the memorial fund.
Harbaugh said given that the town raised $2,000 at its annual car show last weekend, he’s hoping to see a similar figure after the fundraiser.
Participants will also have the opportunity to purchase commemorative bricks to be laid in their name on the memorial grounds.
Above all else, Harbaugh said the event will be a time to enjoy the long weekend and have some fun in the sun.
“It’s just going to be a lot of fun at the park and a great kickoff to Labor Day weekend,” he said.
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