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California Progress, Inc. met for its monthly board meeting June 14, touching base on progress with CPI's Latham Memorial Family Park fundraising efforts.

The park's veterans' memorial is continuing to progress in short order — concrete work was nearly complete as of last Monday's meeting, as was the block for the wall containing names of area veterans and bases for several statues. Also on the horizon as of last week's meeting were assembly of the entryway arch and flag pole installation.

CPI recently hosted a sloppy joe drive-thru dinner, coinciding with Memorial Day weekend, which resulted in $1,800 raised for the park's playground project.

A pair of upcoming fundraising ventures will also see any money raised earmarked toward the playground. First, CPI will be selling concessions at Proctor Park on July 4. A "Double Dog Dare Ya" raffle is also in the works, with cash prizes ranging from $1 to a grand prize of more than $8,000 cash. Tickets will sell for $200, and in limited quantity — only 200 will be sold. Additional details about the latter fundraiser will be released soon, per CPI.

One previous park project fundraising effort, CPI's "Spooktacular" event, is also set to finally take place in the coming months. The event was previously postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and has now been rescheduled for Oct. 23.

Besides this trio of set events, planning continues for CPI's softball and golf tournaments, both ideas previously discussed at board meetings earlier in the year.

In other business, the mural near the new park depicting the old Latham Hospital was set to be completed within the days following last week's meeting. The muralist for the project was again Dennis Holliday, of Jefferson City, who has worked on previous CPI murals across California in the past few years.

Finally, CPI's new, updated website is live at, after a few months of planning and design work.

California Progress, Inc.'s next regular board meeting is set for Monday, July 12 at 6 p.m. at the Moniteau County Library.

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