Jack Starling, Starling Chevy-Cadillac General Manager, presenting $ 50,000 matching grant commitment to Honorary Campaign Chairman Lt. General Jay Garner.
Lt. General Jay Garner presenting a personal gift of $1,000 as the first gift toward the Starling Family $50,000 matching grant.
(left to right) Lt. General Jay Garner, Grace Tucker Starling, Jack Starling, and Jerry E Pierce, President of CFVMPF.
(left to right) Lt. General Jay Garner, Grace Tucker Starling, Alan C Starling, President, Starling Chevrolet and Jerry E Pierce, Pres.Central Florida Veterans Memorial Park Foundation, Inc. (CFVMPF).
The $3 million Central Florida Veterans Memorial Park project at Lake Nona is scheduled to begin construction next year. The memorial park, which will include an amphitheater, an archway and granite slabs engraved with soldiers' names, will honor Central Florida's fallen soldiers and be located south of the new VA Medical Center. (Courtesy of Central Florida Veterans, Courtesy of Central Florida Veterans / May 29, 2011)
With a professional fundraiser on board, the foundation plans to start construction in January and to finish by the time the hospital opens in October 2012. The group has raised about $400,000 in cash and pledges of the $1 million needed to break ground. An additional $500,000 will be needed to complete the work. Alan Starling, president of Starling Chevrolet, which has three dealerships in Central Florida, is personally matching donations, up to a total of $50,000. Starling, who served during the Vietnam War, said the community needs to remember its veterans. Building a memorial, he said, is "the least we can do."