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January 07, 2019
BENEFITING: THE FOUNTAIN VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
PRESERVE FOUNTAIN VALLEY'S OLDEST BUILDING:
Fountain Valley's oldest existing structure is the Courreges Ranch Tank House -- a 118-year-old water tower made of glorious redwood.
To honor the wishes of the late Hazel Courreges, who served on the first Board of Directors for the Fountain Valley Historical Society, we want to help save the Tank House and move it to Heritage Park where the water tower will be permanently preserved and on display.
The 'birthplace' of Fountain Valley, Courreges Ranch is up on the bluff of Talbert and Newland where Roch and Magdelena Courreges bought 80 acres in 1896 and built their home. In 1898, Roch Courreges built the Tank House, complete with a 3,000-gallon water tank inside (the water tank was made of thick redwood beams).
The total cost to move the water tower is $65,000-$75,000 (we know there will be added costs, so we're actually looking to raise $75,000).
** Can you give $25? $50? $100? EVERY amount helps!
All donors are invited to attend the ribbon-cutting party at Heritage Park after the Tank House has been moved and set up.
** $100: Donors who give $100 or more will be given the option to keep one of the original foundation bricks from the first 1896 Courreges home. Donors will be given a certificate allowing them to pick up their bricks when they become available.
** $1,000: There will be a private barbecue party at Courreges Ranch for the first 20 donors who contribute $1,000 or more by March 10. Guests will be able to go home with a special piece of Courreges Ranch history that day, as well as be able to participate in an exciting auction during the party of several of the amazing vintage items being donated from Courreges Ranch. (One option of a "take home" item will be one of the incredible redwood boards from the water tank itself. The "Courreges Ranch" stamp can still be read on several of the boards!)
Donation deadline to be invited to the barbecue and auction: March 10.
** $1,500: Heritage Park-for-the-day ... For a donation of $1,500, you can enjoy use of Heritage Park for up to an 8-hour day for use for a wedding, a reception, a business meeting, a church conference, a family reunion, ...
It's a beautiful place for small daytime weddings and business retreats. The 2-acre park has a gazebo, meeting room (space for 60-70 people for dining inside), wedding chairs, and tables available for use outside.
Here are some caveats: The day has to be available on the park's calendar. You have to sign and abide by the park's regular park-use contract.
You have to additionally give a separate $250 damage-fee check (returnable if you don't damage anything).
Before you get too excited, check with our park-use coordinator about all the rules (we have neighbors, so there are restrictions on hours, capacity and noise and things like that).
Call us at (714) 847-7714 and we'll get you the information first. Then we'll take your donation!
Donation deadline for this level: April 15, 2016.
Deadline for using the park with this donation: Dec. 31, 2016.
Date cannot be secured until the donation and security check and contract are in. Has to be a date that's available. Did we say that already?
** $1,000: All donors at the $1,000 level and above will have their names inscribed on a plaque on the Tank House after it has been moved to Heritage Park. Donation deadline to have your name on the plaque: April 30.
The Gold Donor levels:
** $2,500: Two available. Fountain Valley Living Magazine will contribute a "cover" at a donation level of $2,500. No more than three people to be photographed for the cover, and those being pictured on the cover must be Fountain Valley residents. Not to be used for business or political purposes. (Want your FV grandkids on the cover? Your FV grandparents? Want to use the cover to propose to your fiance? Show off your team or church or civic group?)
** $5,000 Corporate/Family: We welcome corporate participation and families who are willing to give generously to help save Fountain Valley's oldest structure. Donors who contribute $5,000 and above will be named on the permanent plaque attached to the Courreges Tank House after it is moved to Heritage Park, and will be named a major sponsor of the official ribbon cutting party at Heritage Park.
Corporate sponsors who contribute by March 10 may also be invited to the private barbecue (two guests ... the Ranch is small now!), and will be allowed to pick out a historic piece of memorabilia from the Ranch to keep and permanently display at your office or home. (One really fun option: The original Fruit Stand ... "The Stand" (Fountain Valley's first business) ... will be available for auction at a starting bid of $5,000, and this corporate-level donation amount may count toward that bid. There will be lots of other memorabilia choices, too.)
You can help by generously donating to this project. Let's help Save Fountain Valley's oldest structure!