2014 was a very difficult year for the Rossetti family. The untimely death of V. Michael Rossetti, was shortly followed by the passing of Michael’s father, Vincent F. Rossetti. Both cherished and respected members of Fayette County, these significant and sudden losses were deeply felt by everyone who knew the Rossetti family. After careful planning, a fitting tribute to the legacy of these great men has been designed. The family is thrilled to announce the beginning of a community-led fundraising campaign for the Rossetti Memorial Pavilion at The Ridge Nature Area in Fayetteville.
“It is with a great sense of gratitude that we embark on this journey to memorialize Vince and Michael Rossetti.  Both of these men were genuinely dedicated to the Fayette County community. Through their involvement with The Optimist Club of Peachtree City, The YMCA, The Southern Conservation Trust, The Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia, The Joseph Sams School, Fayette County Ducks Unlimited, their churches and the endless list of teams and schools they sponsored over the last 40 years, Vince and Michael touched the lives of thousands upon thousands of Fayette County residents. We hope to continue their legacy of providing shelter and comfort through these community funded pavilion.”
The first fundraising event for the Pavilion will be “Raise a Glass Raise a Roof” at the Georgia Shrimp Company in Peachtree City on Thursday, April 26th from 5pm – 7pm.
This campaign is a collaborative effort between the Rossetti Family, the Southern Conservation Trust and the Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia (HBAMWG), the latter of which both Michael and Vince were past presidents. The site of the memorial will be located at The Ridge Nature Area, a city of Fayetteville public greenspace project that is managed and operated by Southern Conservation Trust.
The Ridge Nature Area is 308 acres of natural beauty and includes include biking and hiking trails, a primitive scout camp, and eventually the Rossetti Memorial Pavilion. Learn more about The Ridge Nature Area at https://sctlandtrust.org/work/the-ridge-nature-area/
Considering the lifelong passion Michael and Vince Rossetti held for their community, it is fitting that their memory should be celebrated in a place created both for and by their friends and family. Funds and materials for the creation of the Rossetti Picnic Pavilion will be donated. There are various levels of financial and material contribution, ranging from $20 to $10,000. All donations are fully tax deductible and every little bit helps.
“We, the Rossetti family, ask for your financial support of this Rossetti Memorial Pavilion project. We believe The Ridge Nature Area will continue the legacy of Vince and Michael by providing a place for families, civic groups and the community to gather flourish and thrive.”
Our family truly hopes that these community-funded pavilions will provide a calming, tranquil place for Fayette County residents to remember the Rossetti family and to reflect on their own legacy. You may make a contribution to the project by visiting Rossetti Memorial fundraising page here.  www.sctlandtrust.org/rossetti-memorial.
About the Southern Conservation Trust
The Southern Conservation Trust elevates nature through exceptional stewardship. Based in Fayette County, Georgia, the Southern Conservation Trust works throughout the Southeast and protects over 16,000 acres with six public nature areas and conservation easements. Learn more about how you can partner with the Southern Conservation Trust and protect your land at www.sctlandtrust.org.

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