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Sons of the American Legion present donation for renovations
Seated on a pallet of building supplies at the American Legion, Jason King, commander of the Sons of the American Legion, presents Dennis Murphy, commander of the American Legion Post, with a check for $8,000 to aid in the Legion renovation project. (Photo supplied)
DARLINGTON - The Sons of the American Legion recently presented the Bates, O'Brien, Howe, Wiegel, Roelli Post 214 with a check for $8,000 to aid in its current renovation project.

Work is well under way at the post, where the upstairs banquet hall is being remodeled. This is the most comprehensive update the Legion Post has undertaken since its construction in 1955.

The project includes all new electrical wiring, a lowered ceiling, a remodeled bar area, insulation, new walls with oak wainscot and much more. With energy rebates applied for by the S.A.L., the renovations will also include nearly $5,000 in lighting upgrades to the entire facility. While the project's end result will improve the overall aesthetics of the banquet hall, it also will improve the post's overall energy efficiency, lowering its monthly operating expenses and its carbon footprint.

The $8,000 donation was made possible by area residents who purchased S.A.L. raffle tickets this fall. Combined with a $4,000 Home Depot Foundation grant the S.A.L. received earlier this year and $3,500 in energy rebates applied for by the S.A.L., this donation brings the S.A.L.'s total renovation contribution to $15,500. The project is expected to cost the post about $24,000, and donations are still being sought.

The Darlington S.A.L., a legal entity of the American Legion Post, is for male descendants of veterans and currently has 62 members.