Santa Claus, sporting sunglasses and a flotation tube, was the special guest who assisted in announcing $909,499 has been raised to kick off the $1.7 million fundraising drive for the SOS aquatic center campaign in Caledonia Oct. 4. Caledonia Mayor Bob Burns and radio personalty Phil Costigan provided emcee support for the event along with a PowerPoint presentation outlining the background of the aquatic center campaign. “We’ve got a super start,” Tim Murphy, campaign co-chair, said. “We still have work ahead of us, but we are sure that the generous spirit that area citizens, corporations and foundations have already shown will just keep us moving toward our goal.”
Volunteers started laying out the foundation for the fundraising initiative this spring to renovate and replace the current pool. Campaign volunteers have been soliciting support during the silent phase for the past couple of months. Leaders are now gearing up for raising the remaining cash and pledges, which may be paid over three to five years.
“A new family aquatic center in our community will positively affect our schools, restaurants, retail stores, gas stations and businesses,” Mayor Bob Burns said.