Business paints American Legion at no cost

'This is my way of giving back'

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter

By Maria Maxham

Joe Szerbinski, owner of Forest Park Stucco Inc. for over 40 years, just painted the entire exterior of the American Legion hall at 500 Circle. And he did it for free.

"Veterans in our country don't get enough thanks or respect," he said. "This is my way of giving back."

Szerbinski's way of giving back was to donate his company's resources to refresh the exterior of the American Legion hall with a fresh paint job. Forest Park Stucco Inc. worked for about 1.5 months to finish the project, which was completed on Oct. 21. He pulled people from other jobs as often as he could to finish painting the hall, despite tighter than ever schedules due to an unseasonably wet spring and summer.

"I think we had about seven dry days in May," said Szerbinski, whose company is located near the American Legion Hall. "I'd seen for a while that it needed cosmetic work, and I decided this was a way I could help the veterans." 

He was inspired by his neighbor, a WWII veteran who had an impact on him. "He's pretty much the sweetest man I know," he said.

Szerbinski was born and raised in Forest Park. He moved away for a few years but lives here again, and his business has been in town for 40 years. 

Mike Thompson, who runs the American Legion in Forest Park, says he's deeply grateful for Szerbinski's service.

"He deserves a huge shout-out," said Thompson. "He volunteered, unsolicited, and did this work, which was probably worth 12 to 15 thousand dollars."

Thompson added that he wants to return the hall to what it was in the old days. 

"I want it to be a showplace in the community," he said. "A place where people are proud to host baby showers and birthday parties and other events." 

Love the Review?

Become our partner in independent community journalism

Thanks for turning to Forest Park Review and We love our thousands of digital-only readers. Now though we're asking you to partner up in paying for our reporters and photographers who report this news. It had to happen, right?

On the plus side, we're giving you a simple way, and a better reason, to join in. We're now a non-profit -- Growing Community Media -- so your donation is tax deductible. And signing up for a monthly donation, or making a one-time donation, is fast and easy.

No threats from us. The news will be here. No paywalls or article countdowns. We're counting on an exquisite mix of civic enlightenment and mild shaming. Sort of like public radio.

Claim your bragging rights. Become a digital member.

Donate Now

Reader Comments

No Comments - Add Your Comment

Note: This page requires you to login with Facebook to comment.

Comment Policy

Facebook Connect

Community Guide 2019 - 2020

To view the full print edition of the Forest Park Review 2019 - 2020 Community Guide, please click here.

Quick Links

Sign-up to get the latest news updates for Forest Park.

MultimediaContact us
Submit Letter To The Editor
Place a Classified Ad

Latest Comments