The Greencastle-Antrim Education Foundation (GAEF) has just completed building a 3,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art building, at Kaley Field, in Greencastle, PA. The new building is the gateway for thousands of annual Kaley Field visitors for school, athletic, band, and community events. The building showcases the F&M Trust Ticket Booth, Sunnyway Foods Concession Stand, and Restrooms, along with a new Flag Court Area, in memory of Warren “Puff” Weaver, donated by Antrim Way Honda and the Weaver Family.
A Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Ceremony was held on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, just 4 months after the organization’s Groundbreaking Ceremony on April 21st, 2021. Over 100 people attended the early evening event, with a tour, photos and refreshments immediately following.
GAEF Board Chair, Vernon McCauley, lauded his 16-member board of directors with their vision for the project and stated, “Through multiple building re-designs and project pricing challenges, our Board never wavered, in their commitment to complete this project.” McCauley went on to say, “When it came time to raise the money, it was Board members that made it happen.”
Dr. Lura Hanks, GASD Superintendent said, “This building is more than the function of it’s parts . . . it is a symbol of what and who we are as a community. It symbolizes our collaboration and ability to make anything happen.” She further elaborated, “This building serves to recognize the importance of this space and to honor those of the past, present and future that have and will commit to providing our students and our community with the very best we have to offer!”
McCauley stressed that Kaley Field serves many purposes aside from being an athletic facility, “Over the next year we’ll see The Race for Education, Turkey Trot, a Military Band Concert prior to the Old Home Week fireworks, and the Graduation of the Class of 2022, with one of the more significant events being Relay for Life.”
Outgoing Relay for Life Chairperson Megan Barkdoll spoke of the significance the new building, adding to the “sparkle” of the 2-day event held in May. “Sparkle” is a word related to Greencastle’s Relay for Life, attributed to Kim Muller, a former teacher who lost her battle with cancer.
McCauley announced that the organization is very close to meeting their $600,000 building campaign goal, through the generous donations of several local businesses and families. He did indicate that additional donations are being accepted through their “Over the Finish Line” Campaign.
Donations to the Kaley Field Project can be mailed to: GAEF, P.O. Box 623, Greencastle, PA 17225 or donors may give online: www.gaefonline.org/finishline/
For more information about the project, contact: GAEF Board President, Vernon McCauley, at (717) 375-5399 or VernonMcCauley@comcast.net
Or email, Executive Director, Dana Given, at: office@GAEFonline.org