New In-Kind Donations Boost Statue Project.

Developers of the Robinson-Shuba Commemorative Statue project recently thanked three local companies for large in-kind donations. 

Aim Transportation Solutions donated the transport of the bronze handshake statue from the casting foundry in Brooklyn, N.Y., to downtown Youngstown, where it will be unveiled Saturday.

VEC, Inc. donated the wifi security camera system for the statue site in Wean Park, just west of the Covelli Center parking lot. 

Enviroscapes donated more than a third of the cost of landscaping for the statue environment. 

“These in-kind donations, along with several recent cash donations, enabled us to complete the project on time, despite a large spike in the cost of construction materials and services,” said Greg Gulas, co-chair of the committee developing the statue. “We’re very excited about unveiling the completed statue Saturday to memorialize this huge moment in the history of sports.” 

Ernie Brown, another co-chair of the committee, added, “The support from people and organizations across the Youngstown area has been strong since we first announced plans for this statue in late 2019. The statue’s message about unity among people of different races resonates very well in our community.” 

These donations and others will be recognized during the dedication ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, which will open the 2021 Youngstown State University Summer Festival of the Arts.

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Photo caption: Aim Transportation Solutions Co-President Scott Fleming (left) and employees Cliff Dilling (center) and Bob Thibodeau watched the placement of the Robinson-Shuba statue Friday after Bob, Cliff and an Aim colleague, Scott Harris (not pictured), delivered the statue safely from the casting foundry in Brooklyn, N.Y.