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Statue Unveiling During Downtown Network Legacy Dinner

The Hope Downtown Network held their 2019 Legacy Dinner Saturday night, packing the Hub at Pavilion Park and unveiling bronze statues the group worked to have installed.

The Downtown Network is a group of local business owners and citizens who are working to revitalize the downtown area, which was all but abandoned for years. During the Legacy Dinner, the Downtown Network presented statues that were part of a recent project made possible by Farmers Bank. The installation is titled “All Aboard” and is of a train conductor calling on a mother and daughter who are rushing to catch a train to get on board.

The dinner was catered by Amigo Juans and those in attendance were treated to a meal, live music, a silent auction and a performance by a flash mob of students before the awaited statue unveiling.

Paul Ball of Farmers Bank said he is grateful to the Hope Downtown Network and all the work they’ve done to improve the downtown area. Ball said that Bob Erwin approached Farmers on behalf of the Downtown Network to see if they would be interested in helping make the statue project a reality. Ball said they really liked the idea and were happy to get involved.

Chamber Director Beckie Moore said, “This an absolutely amazing night in Historic Downtown Hope. We are so very thankful for all who attended tonight. We thank Farmers Bank and Trust for stepping up. What a difference they have made. We just love everything that is happening tonight because we know it is just a jumpstart for all of the great things that lay ahead.”

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