Bicentennial Fundraising Information

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Bicentennial Fundraising Information

You are invited to be a special part of our 200th birthday celebration of our Rockford Community.  Rockford, originally founded as Shanesville in 1820, is the oldest village in Mercer County. Rockford was the first town in the county to have a power plant, street lights and an airport.  It is located in the rich agricultural area of west central Ohio.

Our village will be celebrating two hundred years in 2020 and our committee is working diligently to put together an impressive and beautiful celebration. One of our many goals to accomplish before the bicentennial is to display a historical mural. Talented artist and historian, Dan Keyes, will design a mural to depict the values and history of our cherished community. Along with the historical mural, there will be a Veteran’s Memorial, Garden Walk, Barn Quilt Trails, Old Time Baseball Games, and a Mosaic Mural designed by Parkway Students, just to name a few.

However, none of this can be done without your generosity and support. Our committee has a goal of $75,000 for material costs, artistic fees, and landscaping needs for these projects. As a valued service provider to our area, we are asking your business for a donation to help bring these many projects to fruition. All sponsors’ names will be predominantly displayed, in addition to being marketed and promoted as part of an aggressive marketing strategy. A sponsorship provides tremendous potential for advertising, publicity, and promotion of your philanthropic efforts.

Secure your spot in our birthday celebration! Make all donations to: Leota Braun Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization. Send donations to 105 N. Main St., P.O. Box 364, Rockford, OH 45882-0364. In the memo line of a check indicate the contribution: Rockford Bicentennial Projects.  If you have a corporate logo for use in promotional materials, please supply us a high resolution file. We will accept .EPS, .AI, .PDF, .TIF, and .JPG files. Email logos to

With your generous donation, you are positively impacting the Rockford Community for generations to come. We cannot wait to celebrate with you!

Warm Regards,

The Rockford Ohio Bicentennial Planning Committee