The Endowment for the Ether Monument
The Friends is currently seeking to raise $100,000 to boost the existing Ether Monument endowment to the appropriate level to ensure the long-term care of this important monument.
Outdoor monuments need to be vigilantly maintained to prevent deterioration caused by weather, pollution, tree debris, bird waste, and vandalism. Regular annual maintenance provided by the Friends to the Ether Monument includes cleaning the stonework and visits by the plumber to the fountain every other week during the warm weather to clean out debris, check the mechanical systems, and keep it in good working order. In 2018, in addition to the regular maintenance, the Friends will be providing the Ether monument and fountain with special care. The monument will be thoroughly cleaned by a combination of handwashing and power washing to remove urban grime and biological growth and the granite will be repointed with sealant to protect the seams that have contact with the water. This special intensive conservation work is done on the monument every three years to protect it and prevent future costly restoration. The current endowment is not large enough to provide for this level of ongoing care. An additional $100,000 would bring the endowment to the appropriate amount.
Help Care for the Ether Monument
The Friends welcomes contributions for the Ether Endowment of any size from individuals and institutions who wish to help care for this unique, historic monument and preserve the heritage of the anesthesiology community. You may choose to make a gift in honor of a new anesthesiologist or in memory of one who has passed. The Friends will inform the appropriate person of/about your thoughtful gift.
Contributions are 100% tax-deductible to the extent provided by law and will be designated specifically for the future care of the Ether Monument. Checks made payable to the Friends of the Public Garden can be mailed to Friends of the Public Garden, 69 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108.
For questions or more information, please contact Mary Halpin, Director of Development, at 617-723-8144 or firstname.lastname@example.org.