The Friends of Longview nonprofit group Tuesday announced it will match all donations to the Shay Locomotive pavilion up to maximum of $1,500. Any gift will be doubled until the total of $1,500 is reached. All contributions are tax-deductible.

Friends of Longview is a community organization formed to protect and preserve Longview’s heritage. Friends of Longview is a sub-entity of the Longview Public Service Group, a 501c3 non-profit organization established in 1996. All donations will go to the Shay project, according to the group.

The city is trying to raise money this month to build a 20-by-60-foot pavilion for the restored 1924 logging locomotive, which rusted on the Longview Library lawn for decades after Long-Bell Lumber Co. gave it to the city in 1956. The roof of the pavilion would be made of heavy timber trusses and a metal sheathing. City officials hope donated materials will offset the cost, estimated by architect Craig Collins to range from $50,000 to $75,000.

Checks can be made out to the “Friends of Longview” with a notation of “Shay Donation Match“ and mailed to Friends of Longview, Shay Locomotive Pavilion, P. O. Box 1042, Longview WA 98632.

Cash donations may be given to Adam Trimble at the Community Development office on the first floor of City Hall. The donor’s name and mailing address will be needed to send the receipt and note of appreciation.

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