Friends of the Walter E. Peele Dixie Water Treatment Plant

Organized by: Gary Hage

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January 27, 2016

The first donation was handed to me by a good neighbor of mine who wished to remain anonymous. At his request, I have posted his comment. See More

THE STORY:

I am raising funds for both the cost of legal fees to register my non-profit organization, which is to be called the "Friends of the Walter E. Peele Dixie Water Treatment Plant".  Cost to do so is $437.75 for legal fees and the state 501c registration fee. The organization's sole cause is educate the general public regarding this historic registered National Water Works Landmark. Which is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Plus to re-spark the public's interest and history buffs alike, into seeing to it that this structure is saved as an important part of the area's local history for many generations to come. Plus hopefully to be used as a museum in the near future, for those who wish to come and see it's rich architecture, engineering, and to hear the stories about its unique history. In conjunction with the above, I'm combining this fundraising project with the cost for editing and publishing the manuscript for both the narrative which is to be used during my proposed future walking tours through this historic site. Plus the book version of the tour to be immediately made available for purchase. Which both are one in the same, with the exception of the book having many color and black and white photos, diagrams, etc. Along with many reader notations and information not provided during the proposed tours. I am currently a published author. My publisher, FriesenPress currently charges $4899.00 to process and publish this project. The manuscript is completed and ready to be submitted, but is currently waiting on funding to do so. Once published the proceeds from the book sales will be donated to the non - profit organization to help with the cost of tour administration and operation, advertising, plus additional printing cost and book distribution. Upon registration of the non-profit, donations can then be deemed as tax a tax deduction. To show thanks those donors who wish to be recognized, their name(s) will be added to the list of contributors. Those donors wishing to remain anonymous shall do so. What makes this project unique, is that the spoken narrative for the guided tour (and the printed version as well) is both an indepth look at how Fort Lauderdale's original drinking water filtration plant (that was built in 1926) worked. It was an engineering marvel that was well before it's time. Plus it tells the many personal and fun stories related to the plant, about the young boy (myself) who was fortunate enough to have grown up there while hanging out with his father. Who worked at the plant from 1947 - 1969, and was was in charge of it's operation for many of those years. The narrative also shares much of the rich local history surrounding the plant, and the city's desire to grow, beginning with the "1920s Florida land boom". Also included is the plant's important roles that it played during times of both local disasters beginning in 1926, and an imminent worldwide disaster which was diverted at the last moment in 1962 when the world was on the brink of nuclear war. Plus my family's important roles in helping with south Florida's growth during the 1930s - 1970s, which also include the Fort Lauderdale Country Club golf course and the city's US Post Office is shared within the narrative's storyline. In closing, I find myself short of funding to continue forward at this time, being that my resources have been exhausted during the research and writing period for this project. So your help in making this historic contribution come to fruition will be so greatly appreciated, as together we can continue to move this important project forward and share never before published or told pieces of south Florida's rich history. Thank you, G. Hage

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DONATION: $15

My elderly neighbor asked that I process his donation and post the following comment for him since he does not have a computer: "Good luck with the fundraiser for this worthy project." 3 years ago

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