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Former Washington resident makes generous donation to bandstand project

Posted: Wednesday, March 18th, 2009 at 7:23 am

An effort to raise enough money to renovate the city of Washington’s Central Park bandstand got a huge boost recently. Former Washington resident and Municipal Band member John Jackson has donated $175,000 to the effort. This, combined with money from the Washington Betterment Foundation, the City Park Board and the Washington County Riverboat Foundation puts the project in the realm of reality. John Jackson was a charter member of the Washington Municipal Band in 1932, and went on to be a member of the 34th Army Band, Iowa Army National Guard, where he served during World War-II. Organizers of the volunteer committee in charge of the fund raising effort say Mr. Jackson “now has the appreciation of 7,000 Washington city citizens and countless citizens throughout Washington County and beyond.” They say they will continue to solicit funds to make further improvements to Central Park.

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