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Member Builds Park to Honor Murdered Son


September 21, 2020 the unthinkable happened for David Sweeney. David is an IKORCC 1st year floor-laying apprentice out of Local 171 in the Youngstown area. He answered his door to learn the news that his 4-year-old son, Rowan, was senselessly murdered.


His life was changed forever. In the next few months, his family had to figure out how to pick up the pieces of their life after their tragedy. They wanted a way to honor and memorialize their playful, energetic, happy son.


After much thought, the family landed the vision to build a park in his honor. Plans for the park include quality, accessible equipment for everyone to enjoy. Their hope is that this park will serve as a memorial for other families experiencing similar loss or tragedy, too. Local 171 has been helping share the fundraising events to help the family meet their goal and when they do, they plan to help build the park as well.


When area representatives learned of the possibility to get help through Carpenters Care, they applied for help. Carpenters Care intends to plan a fundraising event to benefit the Rowan Memorial Park Trust, (more details will be provided to locals across the council in the coming months). Carpenters Caring also made a contribution to Rowan's Memorial Park.


If you are interested in donating directly to the cause, you can do so at www.rowansmemorialpark.com/donation.

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