We are pleased to share the information for the Dave Blackburn Memorial Tree and Plaque, cap tip Kenny Schwartz:
Help fund the installation of a 25 foot oak tree and memorial plaque in honor of Dave Blackburn.
(Santa Barbara, California)
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Maccabi USA Softball has ordered the memorial plaque and tree and the installation arrangements have been made. They are offering this opportunity for others to be part of Dave’s memorial by contributing towards the cost through this crowd funding site.
The Location: Elings Park in Santa Barbara, CA
As you can see from this aerial shot overlooking Elings Park this is a spectacular site and is an appropriate location for Dave’s memorial because it was the host location for the “Best of the West” softball tournament that Dave was in charge of for the last 13 years. He was very passionate about softball and he was passionate about this place.
This tree and plaque will be a fitting reminder of his enthusiasm and dedication to the sport and worldwide community of softball which he supported and enjoyed his entire life.
This 25 foot oak tree will grow to a height befitting Dave’s stature and will be a testament to his strength and calm nature. Are we crazy, or does it sort of look like him to you, too?
The tree was planted last week and is doing well !!
A plaque will be installed on a stone near the tree.
It is in process of being made at this time, but here is the design for the plaque:
All of the dark areas of the plaque are raised and all of the white areas are set back (so, it is very 3D).
Here is an example of kinda what it’ll look like on a stone:
Our Goal Amount
The memorial tree and plaque cost $3,000 USD and the additional $500 we are asking to cover the site and credit card fees.
$18 per person
Eighteen is a number which has spiritual significance in the Jewish religion and is associated with good luck, so monetary gifts are often $18 or multiples of $18. Also, this amount will allow many people to contribute and be involved in Dave’s memorial. Dave had a very large circle of friends in various industries and interest groups and this is a way for us to come together to honor his life and legacy.
Our Stretch Goal
Any additional funds raised past the $3,500 project goal will go to “The Blackburn Fund” at Maccabi USA to help assist financially underfunded athletes to get to the Maccabiah Games,
Save the Date
On Nov. 22, 2014 during the Young Bucks softball tournament in Santa Barbara, CA there will be a dedication event in Dave’s honor at the Cappello picnic area of the Elings Park softball complex.
If you are interested in attending the dedication event, contact Kenny for additional info: