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Livermore Rotary clubs donating downtown bandstand at Carnegie Park

Rotary Bandstand represents 5-year effort by club members, community volunteers

Rotary Club members in Livermore will present the city with their new Rotary Bandstand in Livermore's Carnegie Park April 14.

The colorful bandstand is the result of more than five years of planning, permitting, fundraising and construction as a community endeavor by the city's two Rotary Clubs. More than 100 volunteers and donors turned the clubs' dream into a beautiful gathering space.

Electrical, concrete, steel, stucco, framing, roofing, landscape and painting contractors and suppliers donated much of the materials and expert labor, and members of the two Rotary Clubs provided countless hours of volunteer labor.

The bandstand, which will be dedicated in a ceremony at 530 p.m. April 14, is actually a gift of The Rotarian Foundation of Livermore through donations totaling more than $125,000.

Kathy Coyle of the Rotarian Foundation said the two clubs established the Foundation in 1987 to undertake major projects focused on community and youth.

Since its establishment as a tax exempt qualified charitable fund, the Foundation has raised $1,000,000, through continuous Rotarian contributions, major fund-raisers, like the Auction d'Elegance and Golf Tournament, corporate sponsorship, bequests, and professionally managed investment.

The Foundation has funded 765 community projects, given out more than $540,000 in grants and currently gives out $50,000 annually.

For the past five years members of the The Rotary Club of Livermore and the Rotary Club of Livermore Valley worked with Livermore Downtown, Inc. to come up a plan for a bandstand in Carnegie Park, a Livermore landmark.

Coyle said members agreed with the Livermore Heritage guild that its design not be faux historical in nature but that it blend in with the historic setting of the site.

More information about the bandstand and the two clubs' foundation can be found at www.RotarianFoundation.org/

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