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Campbell Veterans Raise Money for Future Memorial

The Home Church in Campbell welcomes the Campbell Veterans Memorial Foundation for a fundraiser.

The is closing the gap on its $650,000 donation goal after Saturday's fundraiser organized to raise money for the construction of a veterans memorial in downtown Campbell.

The car show, barbecue and music fundraising event took place Saturday at in Campbell. Rows of classic cars lined the parking lot and drew lots of attention throughout the fundraiser, including a refurbished 1956 Ford Mainliner that once served as Campbell police car. Each car that entered the show made a $30 donation toward the veterans memorial.

Bay Area Equity Group, a real estate business in the Pruneyard Shopping Center, sponsored Saturday's fundraiser and helped coordinate the event with CVMF board members.

Along with the car show and barbecue, the fundraiser also raised money for the memorial by raffling prizes, selling customizable bricks that eventually will pave the memorial's plaza and walkways and, of course, accepting donations.

The Campbell Veterans Memorial site is designated beside City Hall in downtown Campbell. The memorial will include a plaza area, a fountain surrounded by U.S. Military service flags, a time line wall of major U.S. conflicts and a larger wall that will encompass an existing olive tree called "The Tree of Peace."

The area surrounding the Tree of Peace is designed to create a contemplative area to reflect on the lives of individuals who have sacrificed their lives in the conflicts over the years.

The memorial will also have an elaborate water system built in to the historical conflict wall, said Bill Gould, the memorial's architect. "At points in the time line where people have lost life," Gould said, "water will come down from the trough and stain the face of the wall. It will visually track when people have given their life in service."

The events Saturday weren't strictly for fundraising. Organizers created an atmosphere for the whole family. For children, there were bounce houses, a balloon clown and a face painter. The Rippin Band also performed during the fundraiser playing classic rocks songs throughout the afternoon.     

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