Fundraising begins for Suwanee's "Pilgrim"

SUWANEE -- Fans of the official greeter at the Suwanee library hope that its presence becomes permanent.

As part of the current SculpTour campaign, "Pilgrim" is a wooden sculpture of a man with a briefcase that stands in front of the Suwanee branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library.

Dick Goodman, a Suwanee City Councilman and member of the Gwinnett County Library Board of Trustees, has sent an email to encourage supporters to donate to a campaign with a goal of $6,000.

Pilgrim was made by Charlie Brouwer of Willis, Va.

"He'll be gone unless everyone who believes Pilgrim looks great where he is, and wants him to stay now chips in," Goodman wrote in the email. "Your generous donation is needed to make him a permanent part of Suwanee right where he is."

Pilgrim was part of the second year of the Suwanee SculpTour exhibit, administered by the Public Arts Commission.

The current exhibit features 15 sculptures by 11 artists from six states, including Georgia. The exhibit was installed in May.

The campaign, which has 20 days remaining, has about $175 to date.

"Contribute what you can," Goodman said. "Get your friends, neighbors, classmates and co-workers to contribute as well. Keep the Pilgrim at the Suwanee branch library."

Goodman said contributors' credit cards won't be charged until or unless the target is hit.