Jericho Warming Hut Dedicated
October 19, 2011
by Jeff Woodburn
At the brief ceremony, he thanked all the people and
businesses and organizations who contributed to building the log structure.
The total costs to build the hut were $58,000. Gomes and his wife, who is a fundraising professional, came up with a creative plan – where each $100 contributor bought a log and got their name on a permanent plaque inside the hut.
So far, 114 Founders have pledge their financial support along with donations of materials from several corporations and hundreds of hours of volunteer time. The club also received a grant from the Neil and Louise Tillotson Foundation.
The club broke ground on the project on June 15, and
the building exterior was completed on Sept. 25.
Gomes said the inspiration for a warming hut came from one that he saw in Jefferson. He also credited the state’s Bureau of Trails for helping work through this partnership. Since the land that the hut sits on belongs to the state, the club will sign a long-term lease.
“Everything went smoothly,” said Clint Savage, district supervisor for the state’s bureau of trails, there will be “many years of enjoyment here.” A video of this story is at www.WhiteMtNews.com or it can be accessed by clicking here.
Another pre-opening interview video can be seen
Larry Gomes speaks at the Jericho Warming
on Sunday. (Photo by Jeff Woodburn)