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Hagerstown to spend $5,000 on butterfly statue

August 13, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday decided to spend $5,000 to sponsor the creation of a butterfly statue and help fund the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.

Dale Bannon, director of system development for Washington County Public Schools, said in June that he would like to find enough sponsors to create 30 statues. All of the statues would depict butterflies to represent a birth of the arts in Hagerstown's Arts and Entertainment District, he said.

If everything goes as planned, the statues would be placed in and around downtown next April, Bannon said. Sponsors who donate $5,000 will be able to keep their statues, while sponsors who choose to make a secondary pledge of $3,500 will have their statues auctioned in June, he said.

After the costs to produce the statues are paid, proceeds from the auction and sponsorships will go to the school, Bannon said. Organizers would like to raise as much as $50,000.

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Last month, the council voted to spend $3,500 to $5,000 to sponsor one of the statues, but did not decide on the exact amount.

On Tuesday, Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said the statue that the council agreed to sponsor "would be a great addition to the University Plaza" in downtown Hagerstown.

Construction of the $8.3 million Barbara Ingram School for the Arts is expected to be completed in the spring of 2009 and open to students that fall. The school will accept as many as 300 students in grades 9 through 12 who want to pursue an education with an emphasis in the arts.

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