Chesterton Tribune



'Round up' crowdfunding campaign at Hopkins Ace for boxcar restroom

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Folks excited about the boxcar restroom coming to Thomas Centennial Park and interested in helping to defray the cost of the project can do their part, by rounding up to the nearest dollar when they shop at Hopkins Ace Hardware, 325 S. Calumet Road in Chesterton.

Through April 18, customers will be asked if they want to round up their purchase. That spare change will then be put toward a crowdfunding platform--Patronicity--with a goal of raising $31,000 by April 20. If that goal is met, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, through its CreatINg Places initiative, will double that amount, for a total pot of $62,000.

Mark Hopkins, owner of Hopkins Ace, told the Chesterton Park Board at its meeting Tuesday night that round-ups are averaging around $50 per day, and that he expects to raise a total of $2,000 by April 18. Hopkins has also pledged to donate many of the plumbing and other supplies with which to outfit the boxcar restroom.

Folks who wish to donate directly to the crowdfunding platform may do so at



Posted 3/15/2018




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