The steering committee of the $1.7 million campaign to renovate the failing Caledonia municipal pool is making headway with $1,030,000 given in cash and pledges to date.
“We held a successful event in early December with our Chocolate and Wine Affair to add exposure and funds to our total. Then year-end giving gave us a very nice push well over $1 million,” said Tim Murphy, campaign chairperson.
Murphy and his team of solicitors are asking people to give, because the baby pool was closed several years ago due to operational and filtering issues and the main pool, built in 1958, is in need of replacement to better serve the community well into the future.
“We see a key part of our solicitation effort is to educate our prospective donors on the vital nature and benefits of these aquatic facilities,” Murphy said. A functional pool is part of the fabric of a strong community,” he added.
Volunteers say the biggest challenge during this part of the campaign is having the volunteers who will meet to personally visit with prospective contributors for contributions to the campaign. That’s why a group of individuals is currently being recruited to assist the steering committee in their efforts.
Joyce McCarthy and Patti Schulte, as well as other community members, will be joining the ranks of the fundraising group. They have already been working to contact former lifeguards for a combined gift to the project.
“This aquatic center is going to be so important to the future of our area,” McCarthy said. “I want to be sure this facility will serve future generations as well if not better than it did mine.”
The list of some of the volunteers who will be joining the steering committee include: Joyce McCarthy, Patti Schulte, Laurel and Doug Rusert, John Pongratz, Ann Thompson, Kathy Houdek, Sonja Hoskins, Lynda Privet, Sara Klug, Greg Hoscheit, Jenn Burrichter and Sherry Allen.
Anyone wishing to volunteer, make a pledge or review campaign information may pick up a packet at the Caledonia City Hall or call Jessica Kohnen at 725-3450.