The community of Paris strikes again as a fundraiser climbs to a $20,000 goal for Pump Track Paris as they name the grandstands in honor of local cycling enthusiast Casey Ressler. They completed the track several months ago. However, the full vision includes added amenities such as raised grandstands and lighting, making the track the perfect destination for large events for years to come.
They initiated a Facebook fundraiser with a goal of $20,000 to start the project off. The Casey Ressler Grandstands will be on the Northside of the track, allowing on-lookers to see the action from the best view. The stands are in preparation for the first of many large events coming next year.
“We really wanted a way to highlight all the effort Casey has made in the cycling community here in Paris and saw this as an opportunity to do that,” said Lamar County Chamber of Commerce President Paul Allen. “We’ve already seen a tremendous amount of community support, and that’s just a great example of the type of people that live in this community.”
An exciting new development in the fundraiser came after Greg Wilson received a call from an anonymous donor who has pledged to match the first $10,000 raised through the fundraiser. At the moment, the online Facebook Fundraiser sits at $6,825 with an additional $1,500 pledged by Health4U and another $1,000 pledged by Maximum Elevation Offroad.
“We’re almost there,” said fundraiser organizer Lea Emerson. “Last week, we were approached by Screen Graphics, who designed and created a T-Shirt campaign and are pledging all profits towards the project too. The businesses and community of Paris are unfailing in their support, and it’s amazing to see that continue.”
The Casey Ressler Grandstands will provide a place for cycling on-lookers and event-goers to enjoy the action on the track for years to come. You can donate on the Facebook Fundraiser or by purchasing a shirt from Screen Graphics.