Fundraising Continues for Stanley Caulkins Memorial

With the unveiling of the sculpture paying tribute to Leesburg business and civic leader Stanley Caulkins set for July 13, project organizers are planning one more fundraiser during the holiday weekend to help cover the cost of the project.

Friday through Sunday, Sunset Hills and 50 West wineries will be serving Stanley Cups with a portion of the sales to be donated to the Friends of Stanley Memorial Project. At Sunset Hills near Purcellville the donations will be made from each glass and bottle of the 2016 Sunset Red sold. At 50 West near Aldie the staff will be serving a special sangria with a combination of red, white and blue fruit.

Diane Canney, co-owner of the wineries with her husband Mike, has been a leader of the effort to create the sculpture to honor the World War II airman who was a fixture in Leesburg business and government circles for six decades. He died in January 2018 at the age of 92.

The sculpture will depict Caulkins sitting on a bench and will be placed in front of the King Street building where he operated his jewelry shop.

         Canney said project organizers are working to close the final funding gap to complete the installation and to create an additional bust that will be displayed at Leesburg Executive Airport, where the terminal building is named in his honor.

Canney also will be selling scarves and jewelry she creates to raise money for the cause.

Also, this weekend at Sunset Hills, the winery will feature live music by Chris Bone and Pete Lapp and a display of classic cars under the theme of Great Wine for the Greater Good. Canney will present a check for donations of more than $3,000 to Leashes for Valor, led by a husband and wife team who train rescue dogs from shelters to serve at therapy dogs for veterans.

Honoring a Leesburg Icon: Fundraising Begins for Caulkins Memorial

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