This Campaign is ongoing with a small committee of dedicated people working on it. We are now at $2,871,460 in pledges from 600 people, with several pledges pending and another 800 people to be contacted. Thanks to all of you who have pledged so far. The participation rate is 14% so we have a ways to go to increase participation.
We have done a lot of work to bring the campaign in-house and we have added on-line giving for your convenience. We have mailed out payment reminders and have collected more than $230,000 in cash. I thank our business manager, Victor Espinoza, for his work in this regard.
We are ready to go in expanding the Memorial Garden by adding 900 more niches. All we need is the building permit from the city. I thank Jim Koepf and the Facilities Committee for working with the city to get us this far.
We are also working on the engineering documents for the parking lot. When we are ready, and have cash in hand, we will also begin work on the new parking lot. This will be a big help for those who have to search for a parking space every Sunday.
We wish all of you a continued restful and peaceful summer.