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Eagle Scout making progress

Apr 15 2024
Daily Journal

The community has gotten behind Boy Scout Alexis McCullough, whose Eagle Scout service project is to bring a Gold Star Families Memorial Monument to Bourbonnais’ Marcotte Park, but more support is still needed.

She is now a little more than one-sixth of the way to her fundraising goal.

When the Daily Journal featured the 16 year old in January, she had raised about $11,000 of the $120,000 needed for the black-granite monument, which honors families who have lost a loved one in active duty military service.

That included starting with $5,000 of her own money.

Since then, McCullough, a Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School sophomore and a Life Scout in Troop 319 G in St. George, has continued spreading the word, including making rounds at local government meetings.

In just a few months, she has managed to double the amount of funds raised.

McCullough reported at a recent Kankakee City Council meeting that she has raised about $22,000.

McCullough hopes to honor other Gold Star families in recognition of the support she and her family received after her father, Col. Mark McCullough, passed away unexpectedly on active Army duty about four years ago.

“I’m hoping to have $60,000 raised before October of this year so then we can hopefully install the monument by Memorial Day of 2025,” she told the council earlier this month.

Created through the Woody Williams Foundation, the monument will include four pillars representing the concepts of sacrifice, patriot, family and homeland.

For more information, visit woodywilliams.org/monuments/bourbonnais-il.html, check out the McCullough Gold Star Monument Facebook page, or contact 815-683-5005 or email GoldStarEagleProject@gmail.com.

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