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UP supports Rail Road Park with $5000 grant

PALESTINE, March 28, 2013-- Union Pacific Foundation representative, Joe Adams and Car Shop Director Roderick Riley, presented a $5000 grant check to Palestine Tomorrow, Inc., (PTI), a sub-fund of the Texas Area Fund Foundation, a 501 (c)3, on March 28, 2013.

The Union Pacific Foundation supports projects of merits in city’s through which their rail passes.

“Palestine Tomorrow, Inc. is extremely grateful for this contribution. The grant supports the construction of sidewalks and dirt work, which is necessary for the first phase of the park,” said Jean Mollard, PTI treasurer. “This park is in recognition of the contribution of the employees and train companies that have built our town.”

Union Pacific was an initial supporter of the project and has donated in other ways since December 2011. Union Pacific donated rail car wheels that have been utilized in sculpture bases throughout the downtown, and will be featured in future park designs. Union Pacific employees have also donated their time and expertise.

Palestine Tomorrow, Inc. is responsible for the life-sized bronze statue, Forging History, which is currently on display at the visitor center, but will be moved to the new park area.  The bronze statue was created by Colorado-based artist Dale Montagne. With his strong family ties to the city, Mr. Montagne has worked with PTI to also design the sculpture bases. The organization is still seeking donations of any amount to cover the cost of the sculpture and installation.

“Dale was gracious and allowed us to install his piece, but we still need to raise $25,000 to cover costs.” Mollard continued, “Without his support of this town we would not have been able to install the piece so quickly and while still owing funds.”

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