The History of The Boy and The Boot
In 1916, the town of Houlton placed a drinking fountain in Pierce Park. The fountain, in the shape of a boy holding a leaking boot, was bought with $1,000 donated to the town by Mrs. Clara P. Frisbee to beautify the park. The statue was by J. W. Fisk Architectural Metals, Inc., NJ. Twenty-six statues exist today, nine of them in the United States. The name of the original sculptor is not known, and the original mold no longer exists.
The Boy and The Boot Endowment Fund
A gift to the community, the statue of the boy with the leaking boot is synonymous with philanthropy. In 1983, that concept came to represent philanthropy for healthcare: Houlton’s Rotary Club instituted “The Boy and the Boot Endowment Fund”. The statue’s story became the model for a singular program designed by the club. Five hundred miniature pewter statues were cast. The mold was then broken. Each numbered statue represents a $1,000 pledge to a self-perpetuating fund that provides financial assistance to Houlton Regional Hospital for equipment, healthcare projects/programs and capital needs.
The Promise of Your Pledge Will
Provide available, quality healthcare that would otherwise be at risk. The “Boy & the Boot” fund will financially assist Houlton Regional Hospital to meet the rapidly changing and critical needs that occur everyday in the field of healthcare. Your pledge will assure healthier/happier today’s and a legacy for healthier tomorrows.
Your pledge continues the Foundation’s promise of assisting Houlton Regional Hospital to provide the best quality healthcare to all those they serve.
The following sponsors contribute a percentage toward their employee’s pledges.
- F.A. PEABODY COMPANY
- HOULTON REGIONAL HOSPITAL
- MADIGAN ESTATES
Through payroll deduction, a pledge can cost as little as $1.50 per week. An individual donor can pay $100.00 per year ($8.33 each month) and take as long as ten years to complete a pledge. You, too, can take part in “The Boy and the Boot Endowment”.