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‘It’s in the heart of Amarillo’: First Responder Memorial kick starting fundraising to build memorial
The Friends of AJ Swope began fundraising this month for the First Responder Memorial. “We want people to get excited and become involved in making this happen,” says Gary Pitner, board member, Friends of AJ Swope.
AJ Swope Performance Plaza under construction, expected to be completed in January
The AJ Swope Performance Plaza is now under construction and is expected to be completed in January. Friends of AJ Swope, a Texas non-profit, partnered with the Crouch Foundation to build the plaza at the Arts in the Sunset to honor the late musician and newscaster AJ Swope.
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AJ Swope Sporting Clay Shoot raising money for plaza
Plans to build a plaza in downtown Amarillo to honor a special member of our community lost too soon are underway. Craig Vaughn has some details on the AJ Swope Sporting Clay Shoot. It will be held Saturday, April 18th at River Braks Ranch.
Leader of the Band: Friends of Fogelberg Concert & Free Prostate Screening
Another portion will go toward the AJ Swope Plaza, an outdoor performance venue will be built to honor AJ Swope, a beloved local musician, after his untimely death.
Randall County Sheriff's Office Hosting Lunch to Benefit AJ Swope Plaza
The Randall County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a benefit lunch from 11 a.m. to 01 p.m. The proceeds from the event will go to benefit the A.J. Swope Plaza. The plaza to be built will be located in downtown Amarillo near the new MPEV.
Challege Accepted! Potter County SO Donates Raises Money for Plaza
The Potter County Sheriff’s Office accepted a challenge and made a monetary notch in the belt to build the AJ Swope Plaza. Sheriff Brian Thomas presented Wendi Swope, AJ's widow, with $1280 Friday morning to help build the First Responders Memorial...
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Paying it Forward for AJ Swope
A new addition to downtown is in the works and you can help pay it forward today by donating to the cause.
Every year on A.J. Swope's birthday, his family and friends ask others to pay it forward.
Planned memorial to honor AJ Swope, first responders
A gift to Amarillo and a posthumous honor, the Friends of AJ Swope are planning to construct a privately funded plaza downtown. The public green space will include a 300-seat amphitheater, the Texas Panhandle Walk of Fame and the Texas Panhandle's First Responders...
Proposed AJ Swope Plaza to be located next to MPEV
Coming together as the "Friends of AJ Swope", those that knew Swope, as well as local leaders, are planning a privately-funded downtown plaza that includes a 300-seat amphitheater, a Panhandle Walk of Fame, and a Panhandle First Responders Memorial.
AJ Swope Plaza Being Proposed Next To MPEV
Efforts to raise funds are now underway for a new plaza that will be in downtown Amarillo next to the MPEV.
The AJ Swope Plaza is being proposed and will be located on Southeast 8th...
AJ Swope Performance Plaza to be open-air music venue
A nonprofit organization in Amarillo is working with a local foundation to build a one-of-a-kind music venue in Amarillo. The multi-purpose venue is named after the late AJ Swope, a former employee at KVII-TV, who died in 2013. The AJ Swope Performance Plaza will...
City Council Approves First Responder Memorial
During the City Council meeting on Tuesday, the City of Amarillo, in a 5 to 0 vote, approved the construction of a memorial downtown to honor first responders. According to the meeting agenda, the item discussed a lease agreement between the City of Amarillo and Friends of AJ Swope for property...
September 2019 Issue
Ten Successes From The Panhandle That You Probably Don't Know
Robert "Bob" O'Rear was born in Wellington, Texas, and brought up in Perryton. TRW hired O'Rear to work on Air Force spy satellite programs. He also wrote programs that optimized the trajectory of Minuteman missiles during the Cold War.
Friends of Fogelberg to partner with friends of AJ Swope
Friends of Fogelberg is hosting its annual benefit concert for prostate cancer awareness on Friday, Sept 6 at the Globe-News Center for Performing Arts and will feature a host of popular area musicians on stage throughout the evening.
Randall County hosting fundraiser to benefit AJ Swope Plaza
Randall County Sheriff’s Office is holding a benefit luncheon to help fund the upcoming A.J. Swope Plaza, which is slated to be located in downtown Amarillo.The hamburger luncheon will cost $7 and include a burger, chips, a cookie and a drink.
Potter County Sheriff's Office Donates to Swope Plaza
The Potter County Sheriff’s Office donated nearly $1,300 to the AJ Swope Plaza fund on Friday morning.
The Potter County Sheriff’s Office donated $1,300 to the memorial today, which aims to honor fallen first responders.
Plans Unveiled for AJ Swope Plaza in Downtown Amarillo
The Friends of AJ Swope have announced plans to build a privately-funded downtown plaza as a gift to Amarillo citizens that will include a 300-seat amphitheater, the Texas Panhandle Walk of Fame, and the Texas Panhandle First Responders Memorial.
Plaza named after AJ Swope proposed downtown
More than 5 years since AJ Swope passed away, a plaza has been proposed in downtown to honor him.
"We have proposed to the City of Amarillo to build a 300 seat amphitheater downtown in a really lovely green space that would also include a Texas
Plans Announced For Downtown Amarillo “AJ Swope Plaza”
A group of music lovers announced plans this week to build a privately funded plaza and amphitheater in downtown Amarillo.
The plaza will be named for beloved Amarillo singer-songwriter AJ Swope,
Friends of AJ Swope nonprofit releases details on new plaza
The Friends of AJ Swope nonprofit organization recently released information regarding one of its community enhancement projects in Amarillo that is now under construction.
According to a news release from the nonprofit, Friends of AJ Swope has...
Clay shoot to raise funds for AJ Swope Plaza
A clay shoot fundraiser is scheduled for April of this year. Organizers invite you to a day full of shooting and an evening full of fun Saturday, April 18th, at River Breaks Ranch. The Clay Shoot begins with a 1 p.m. check-in followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and concert by Zac Wilkerson.
Friends of Fogelberg Raises Awareness for Prostate Cancer
Additionally, Friends of Fogelberg will provide details of a partnership with Friends of AJ Swope, an Amarillo-based group raising money for the AJ Swope Plaza, Texas Panhandle Walk of Fame and Texas Panhandle First Responders Memorial in downtown Amarillo.
Randall County Sheriff's Office to host fundraiser to benefit AJ Swope Plaza
The Randall County Sheriff's Office will host a fundraiser on March 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the proceeds going to benefit the A.J. Swope Plaza. The plaza is to be built near Hodgetown in downtown Amarillo.
AJ Swope Plaza Fundraising Effort in Full Swing
Around $250,000 in financial commitments are in place for construction of the AJ Swope Plaza, which will be located at Lincoln Street and Eighth Avenue southeast of the new baseball stadium.
Remembering the life and legacy of AJ Swope, five years later
“Whenever he decided to do something, he was going to give it 110 percent,” said former professor and friend, Randy Ray. “That's the way it was when he was a broadcaster, that's the way it was when he was working with wind energy, and that certainly was the way it was...
Plaza coming to downtown Amarillo in memory of AJ Swope
Most people knew AJ Swope for two things: his passion for wind energy management, and his love for music.
"He did something that most men, they strive their entire life to achieve...