- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

AMESBURY, Mass. (AP) - Efforts to restore Amesbury’s famous Doughboy statue have been boosted by an anonymous donor who has promised a matching gift of up to $7,000.

The statue of the World War I U.S. soldier and the accompanying veterans’ memorial were originally dedicated in 1929, but have since fallen into disrepair.

The Amesbury Veterans’ Memorials Restoration Committee has raised about $7,000 of the $20,000 needed to complete the project by May, but fundraising efforts had recently slowed considerably.

Committee volunteers tell the Daily News of Newburyport (http://bit.ly/1e4q8CW ) that another $7,000 in donations, along with the matching gift, would put the committee over the top.

The Doughboy was sculpted by Leonard Craske, who is most famous for sculpting the Gloucester Fishermen’s Memorial, more popularly known as “The Man at the Wheel.”

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Information from: The Daily News of Newburyport (Mass.), http://www.newburyportnews.com