Nationwide drive launched for JFK Memorial Statue

Committee reorganizes, new web site debuts

H YANNIS, MA—The JFK Memorial Statue Committee of volunteers has undergone a major reorganization, named a general fundraising chairman, posted its own web site (JFKstatue.org) and is preparing a one man art show for Sculptor David Lewis..

Committee Chairman Lou Cataldo of Barnstable Village (MA) announced that former Barnstable Town Councilor Leonard Gobeil of Hyannis is now General Fund Raising Chairman of the JFK Memorial Statue Project. (Email: [email protected])  


Noted Cape Cod artist David Lewis of Osterville and West Barnstable has been commissioned to sculpt the life sized bronze statue of the late President. The new statue will be placed in the plaza under construction directly in front of the JFK Museum on Main Street, Hyannis.

“Mr. Gobeil is perfect for the job,” said Mr. Cataldo. “As a former broadcaster, teacher, sales and marketing specialist, community activist and public servant, Lenny brings a wealth of experience to our all volunteer committee. He will help us reach our goal to raise sufficient monies to erect and maintain the statue of our late President and Hyannisport neighbor John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

“We are reorganized, revitalized and entering the next phase of our drive to complete this project by Spring, 2006,"  said Cataldo.

Noted Cape Cod artist David Lewis of Osterville and West Barnstable has been commissioned to sculpt the life sized bronze statue of the late President. The new statue will be placed in the plaza under construction directly in front of the JFK Museum on Main Street, Hyannis.

New JFK Statue Web-Site

At the same time he announced Len Gobeil as the general fund raising chairman, Mr. Cataldo also announced the JFK Memorial Statue Project has launched its own web site which can be accessed at www.jfkstatue.org. The new site is the brainchild of committee member Spyro Mitrokostas - a Centerville business consultant. Site design and hosting of the web site is by CapeCodToday and eCape.com.

Call for Volunteers

In accepting the fund raising chairmanship for the JFK Memorial Statue Project, Mr. Gobeil said a major effort must be undertaken to attract volunteers to assist the committee in their efforts.

“As President, JFK inspired me and millions like me to become involved in community action and public service,” said Mr. Gobeil. “His assassination left a void that has never been filled. By erecting a memorial statue to JFK in the Cape Cod town he called home, we can preserve his memory and help foster the ideals he so eloquently expressed.”

Mr. Gobeil said if every person on Cape Cod were to contribute one dollar to the project “we could raise more than enough money to put the memorial statue in place, maintain it and create a trust fund that can be utilized to perpetuate President Kennedy’s legacy.”

Bio of Leonard Gobeil
Email Address: [email protected].
Resident of Hyannis, MA Graduate Cape Cod Community College BA Degree, Emerson College Masters Degree in Education, Bridgewater State College Announcer and newscaster, WQRC FM 1969-1973 Teacher of Public Speaking, Barnstable (MA) High School Director Community Relations, New Seabury (Mashpee MA) Returned to teaching 1999 Barnstable Town Meeting Member Barnstable Town Council—serve 8 years including one as vice president Member Cape Cod Baseball Umpires Association Member Cape Cod Football Referees Association Inducted into Massachusetts Speech Debate Hall of Fame, 1999 Member, Grade 5 building Disposition Committee Treasurer, JFK Memorial Statue Committee, January 2005 Appointed Fund Raising Chair, JFK Statue Committee, May 2005 Married to Sheila (Aylmer) Gobeil for 40 year, four children and 5 grandchildren.

Nationwide drive for Funds

“We are seeking tax deductible gifts nationwide and statewide from corporate, business, political, fraternal, educational and individual donors to make this project more than just a Cape Cod venture,” he said.

“President Kennedy was our first President born in the 20th Century, leader of the free world and an inspiration for generations. We invite everyone who loved him as we do to become part of our drive to preserve history and recognize our neighbor’s contributions to it.”

The JFK Memorial Statue Committee is planning a variety of events to get people involved. Those events are to be announced to the news media and on our web site.

All donor levels plus some new giving levels are listed on our web site (JFKstatue.org). People are encouraged to call it up and become participants.

Those not on the Internet may obtain donor forms and more information by writing: Len Gobeil, Treasurer and Fund Raising Chairman, 700 Pitchers Way, Hyannis, MA 02601.

One man show of David Lewis art at Grill 16

The JFK Memorial Statue Committee is hosting “A Retrospective and Definition of Faith” at Grille 16 at the Asa Bearse House, 415 Main Street, Hyannis featuring the works of Cape Cod artist David Lewis of West Barnstable and Osterville.

Nola Geraigery of Centerville, chairman of the event, said the show will offer the public a chance to view “the creative journey of the artist from his first wood carving to the commissioned memorial statue of President John F. Kennedy. Attendees will have an opportunity to bid on Artist David Lewis’s original bust of JFK at a silent auction.

Sponsors of the show include former Bruins Hockey legend Derek Sanderson, Rick Angelini and the entire staff of Grill 16 at the Asa Bearse House. Champagne and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Sponsors of the show include former Bruins Hockey legend Derek Sanderson, Rick Angelini and the entire staff of Grill 16 at the Asa Bearse House. Champagne and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Music will be provided by the Alan Clinger Trio featuring Paul Nossiter and Rod McCaulley. Florals are being done by Valerie V. Ciluzzi.Radio personality Donald McKeag will be Master of Ceremonies for the event which begins at 5:00 P.M. and runs through 8:00 P.M.  Sunday, June 26th. 

The Committee is asking donations of $50 per couple or $75 per person. Cash or checks made payable to the Town of Barnstable, JFK statue will be accepted prior to June 26th or at the door.  Each donation is tax deductible.


The JFK statue will be an intregal part of Hyannis's JFK Museum.

Ms Geraigery said that there will be a silent auction of Artist Lewis’ original bust study for the memorial statue. It is a collectible. He sculpted it as a study of the late president’s features for the life size bronz statue he has been commissioned to sculpt.

The event offers the news media an opportunity to speak directly to the Artist, David Lewis, whose works include the life sized bronze statues of  West Barnstable siblings  James Otis the Patriot and Mercy Otis Warren. The two heros of the American Revolution stand in front of the Barnstable County Superior Courthouse. Mr. Lewis also sculpted the bronze statue of Sachem Iyanough at the entrance to the Hyannis Village Green and the bronze statue of the Firefighter in front of the Centerville, Osterville, Marstons Mills Fire Department headquarters on Route 28-Falmouth Road in Centerville.

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