The Thompson Valley Rotary Club will unveil a sculpture installation at The Foundry in downtown Loveland on April 25 at 4 p.m.
In celebration of its 30th anniversary, The Thompson Valley Rotary Club joined forces with the City of Loveland, Rotary International, Brinkman Inc. and several individual donors to create the sculpture installation valued at $170,000.
 
 “The Thompson Valley Rotary Club wanted to provide a gift to the Loveland community – a gift the reflected the work of the Rotary club to assist people locally and throughout the world for the last 30 years,” said Jeff Allen, Thompson Valley Rotary Club 2018-2019 president. “As Loveland is an art community, our legacy project committee focused on a gift of art and a sculpture seemed most appropriate for the new downtown development called The Foundry.”
 
“In the beginning, the committee focused on a sculpture that would recognize Rotary’s work to end polio around the world,” said Allen. Rotary and its partners have focused on the eradication of polio worldwide, immunizing 2.5 billion children in 122 countries since 1985. “While we are proud of Rotary’s work to end polio, it was agreed that the sculpture should have a more universal message, one that reflected our Rotary club’s commitment to helping others.”
 
“We brainstormed many ideas that might be relevant to The Foundry but also would reflect what the Thompson Valley Rotary Club has accomplished in the Loveland community and Rotary International has accomplished to eliminate polio worldwide. We wanted to tell a story, one that is universal. This representation will mean the same 30 years from now,” said John Kinkade, member of Thompson Valley Rotary Club, local gallery owner and executive director for the National Sculptor’s Guild.
To actualize the concept, the club contacted Denny Haskew, a local sculptor who has installations in Loveland and nationally. “This piece is a celebration of a continuing fight to make life better for people on many levels in our community, country and around the world,” he said.
 
The 10 x 10-foot structure involves three large stacked rocks made with 20 tons of stone, with two bronze figures -- a woman reaching down from the cliff-like structure to help a young male reach the top. “I think this is more universal because it speaks to anyone who needs assistance in some way,” Haskew said. “It could mean helping students, helping a homeless family or helping someone with polio – those are things Rotary does.”

Two massive stone benches are included – one donated by the Loveland Rotary Club and one by the Thompson Valley Club, and a table with a map of the world etched on top. The table was donated by Thompson Valley Rotary club member Dot Cada in honor of her brother who is a polio survivor. It was designed by Haskew and Kinkade.
“Reaching Our Goal” also reflects on the many partnerships involved with The Foundry, the sculpture project and Rotary’s work worldwide, said Kinkade.
In addition to the bronze, the installation includes three monolithic narrative stones – one from the Thompson Valley Rotary Club, celebrating its 30 years, one from Rotary International and one from the City of Loveland, praising the partnership of the Metro district. The club narrative includes a list of all donors who gave more than $5,000 for the project. 
 
Since its charter in April 1989, The Thompson Valley Rotary has contributed more than $785,000 to various local and international causes. The club and its foundation contributed approximately $68,500 to the sculpture installation.
 
Representatives from various organizations that have received funding from the Thompson Valley Rotary Club with join donors, city leaders and Rotarians for the unveiling.