Letters have gone out to local businesses, organizations and individuals asking for their support and participation in celebrating Washington’s 175th anniversary on May 29, 2014.

Pledge cards with sponsorship levels and information is included in the mailing.

Sponsorship levels, which are named after the city’s founder and other early leaders, begin at $250.

Monetary donations of any level will be greatly appreciated, said the 175th anniversary committee co-chairs Nadine Feltmann and Joe Schneider.

“We are asking everyone to join us as we celebrate Washington’s past and celebrate its future,” Feltmann said.

Schenider said the 175th anniversary committee is hard at work finalizing an event schedule and service projects that will benefit the community.

Many of those activities are beginning now and will lead up to the 175th anniversary in May 2014.

Feltmann said donations will help fund the community events and service projects for citizens and visitors.

All level sponsors will receive a Gary Lucy commemorative gift and tickets to the 175th Red, White and Blue Ball scheduled for Feb. 22, 2014. A similar event was held during the city’s sesquicentennial celebration.

Schneider said committee members are available for individual or group presentations to discuss how an organization can get involved in, and help shape, the service projects that will leave a lasting impression on the community and its citizens.

“We all know what a fantastic city this is to live, work, play and pray,” said Schneider. “The enthusiasm of the 175th anniversary committee is outstanding and is beginning to reach a fever pitch level.”

The committee has been meeting for about two years, he noted. Several subcommittees also have been formed to help with the different activities.

In addition to the gala ball, a 175th Parade and Picnic is scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 24, 2014, which is the actual anniversary date.

“We are soliciting donations to not only help sponsor the events,” he said, “but also to donate something back to the city for all to enjoy for years to come.

“If any individual, club or organization has any ideas that they would like to see erected, built or improved in the city for all to enjoy please send the ideas to us,” he added.

“We have a young, energetic group of adults who are taking charge of our big parade and picnic,” he said. “It is wonderful to get these young people involved to carry on the strong volunteerism tradition that has always been prominent in this city.”

Feltmann said the committee wants the celebrations to be events that the entire community can enjoy with their families.

“Both the parade and picnic committees are working to make sure there is something for everyone,” she said.

“If anyone has questions or suggestions we would love to hear from them,” Feltmann added. “They can email us at washmo175@gmail.com or check out our facebook page www.facebook.com/washmo175.

“We invite everyone to join us as we celebrate 175 years of this wonderful community.”