"A few of us were sitting around and said, 'Well, let's just
raise the money and put a new one out there,' '' said Wayne Blasius,
a downtown developer, who was part of the group that included Ann
Marie Tugwell, John Worden and Chuck Morris.
Blasius said that led to several donations in the $200 to $500
range, "but we wanted it to be a community project."
The group subsequently held a series of fundraisers at places like
Preservation Pub, MacLeod's, Sapphire and the Downtown Grill &
"There were a lot of $1, $5, and $20 donations in there and
the point was that probably 200 people donated," Blasius said.
"So there was a real sense of buy in about it."
Dewhirst Properties is donating the installation of the clock and
the city's Public Service Division will maintain it.
For more information about the Gay Street Clock please contact
Wayne Blasius at 637-3400 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to donations from many interested citizens, the following
organizations provided significant funding or in-kind contributions
to the Gay Street Clock project: Bank East, CBID, Centre Square
II, Courtland Group, Crowne Plaza @ Summit, Dewhirst Properties,
Downtown Grill & Brewery, Gary Heatherly Photography, Gilreath
& Associates, InSite Development Corporation, MacLeods, Morris
Creative Group, Nama, Pittman Properties, Preservation Pub, Regas
Restaurant, Sapphire, Segundo Properties, Ulrich Printing, Worden,
Rechenbach & Brooke.