Plymouth: 400th anniversary celebration needs matching funds

The Plymouth 400th Anniversary Celebration is scheduled to get a $250,000 boost in funding, according to the budget recently approved by the state Senate. But, state funds must be matched by private funds.

Denis Hanks is a member of the non-profit side of the 400th Anniversary committee, as well as director of the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce. He believes this allocation of money by the state is an advantage in convincing sponsors to sign on: “It gives us some leverage with sponsorships on the private side. It shows that the state has bought-in to the celebration. It’s going to be significant as we move forward for our corporate fund raising.”

There is a division of labor within the 400th Anniversary Committee, Hanks explains:“The concentration of the Plymouth 400 non-profit side really focuses on the marketing, the events, corporate fundraising and then the town side focuses on the hard infrastructure improvements and things that are almost like gearing up for the Olympics—you’re gearing up all the infrastructure to be ready for this type of celebration.”

Selectmen will appoint new members to the 400th Anniversary Town Committee tonight. They meet at 7:00 p.m.

About Bobbi Clark

Bobbi Clark is a Plymouth area reporter at WATD. She began her career in radio as a producer at a news/talk radio station in Chicago. From there she went to WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated television station in Chicago, As a producer there, she won 5 Emmy Awards for production of special programming. Bobbi is a graduate of Emerson College, with a degree in Writing, Publishing and Literature.