CARTHAGE, MO---The Raze the Roof event begins Saturday, March 23rd through the 24th. Volunteers and Brothers Construction will be removing the gable roof and flatening it. To reduce the construction costs, volunteers are welcome to help discard shingles and to clean up the debris. The funds for the roof removal are being provided by the motel's owners, Debye Harvey and Priscilla Bledshaw. The National Park Service is matching the cost, donating $12,000. Employees say they're ready to see the change.
"That roof is so inappropriate and it will be so nice to have that restored. And the neon. I cannot wait to have the neon back up. That's our major thing right now. That will be an immediate satisfaction," says Boots Motel Manager Deborah Real.
The Boots Motel is offering a free night for any donations over $250. For $500 donation, the supporters will get their name on a plaque to be permanetly installed in the front office. The next steps in the process are painting the outside, restoring the neon street sign and then moving on to the motel rooms. Four have already been refinished and are available for guests.