Press Release Provided By Levelland Mainstreet:
LEVELLAND, TX March 9, 2023 – The Levelland Main Street, is proud to honor an organization that has 47 years of community volunteering under their belt. (or should we say, skirts, dresses, slacks and blouses?) The Levelland Main Street Project is proud to see another project come to completion that not only benefits our community and downtown visitors, but a women’s club that has 47 years of making The City of Levelland brighter. The bench is one of the few, that sits in perpetual shade up against an inset, in front of the Hockley County Juvenile Probation Office, on Avenue G, downtown. It allows for a cool bench and shade to take refuge from our summer West Texas heat, day in and day out. Adorning the middle is a beautiful, and rugged plaque, much like the ladies whose names’ it bears. This bench honors The Levelland Marigolds. The founding members of this club are honored and will be cherished by so many that stop to sit, read the plaque and stay a while and enjoy the planter filled to the brim with Marigolds, that will soon take its rightful place in front of that bench. The bench was delivered in July of last year, but we’ve been waiting on the plaque to be delivered and installed. The completion of this project is one near and dear to my heart, says Moody, a long time Marigold. These ladies have always been a force to be reckoned with. They will outwork you, out fund raise you, certainly out-cook you and do it all with a smile and a volunteer spirit that shines brightly. The official ribbon cutting and dedication will take place at 1:30pm on April 13th at the bench location, and we appreciate the Levelland Chamber of Commerce, who is facilitating that for us. Founding Mothers: Ruth Morgan Marjean Wilhite Gladys Bierman Joan Henderson Floriene Stern Zelda Johnson Mary Lou Murphy Lou Ann Crawley Sharon Hicks Brenda Jones Pearl Bowman Sue Young Ruth Warren Geneva Parkinson Maxine Dunn Del Kirby Audrie Robinson Jean Brown Like many a project, there are many hands that helped it come to fruition and this one is no different. “We want to say a special thanks to the Hockley County Endowment, because we could not realize this vision, without their help, support and the grant that made this possible.” said Main Street Manager, Tania Moody. For anyone reading this, that doesn’t know how vast their reach is, how much they have done and continue to do for Levelland and Hockley County, just come downtown and look around. You can’t go very far without seeing or feeling their hand of generosity and passion for our community. They have funded benches downtown, the mosaic handrails were funded in part by a grant from the HCE, and we’re so lucky to be reaping the benefits of seeds planted by the likes of Sycily Lattimore, George R. Keeling and so many others, that have now since passed. Their vision and legacy is now evident in the over $1,000,000 endowment, whose earnings allow for projects like this one, every year.