FOPG Launches Campaign to Complete Brewer Fountain

June 18, 2013

The Friends of the Public Garden announced last week it is has received several major matching challenge pledges that will spearhead a campaign to raise the additional $850,000 it needs to complete its Brewer Fountain Plaza Project on historic Boston Common and to pay for 2013 plaza operations.

Anne Brooke, president of the Friends, said challenge pledges of $200,000 each have been made by the Lynch Foundation and Barbara and Amos Hostetter of Beacon Hill. An additional $250,000 has been pledged by the Friends’ Green and White Ball Committee.

“We are enormously grateful to the Lynch Foundation, the Hostetters and the Ball Committee,” Brooke said.   “Thanks to their leadership and generosity every dollar contributed will generate matching gifts totaling more than three dollars. It’s a three-to-one match.”

Phase one of the $4 million Brewer Plaza Fountain Project was completed in 2012. It transformed the southeast corner of the Common at Park and Tremont streets, creating a vibrant downtown gathering spot with café tables and chairs, quality food, lunchtime piano music, chess and checkers, a reading area and summer jazz concerts.

The final phase will include restoring the historic iron fence along Tremont Street, creating a landscaped edge to separate the park from the busy street, and further enhancing this green oasis in the heart of the city.

Community members are invited to make a donation of any size to this campaign to help the Friends receive the critical matching funds. Online contributions can be made via or by calling 617-723-8144. Contributions can be made via check made out to FOPG and mailed to the Friends of the Public Garden, 69 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108, Attn: Brewer Challenge.

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