About 100 volunteers working for the Chadron Area Aquatics & Wellness Center will be making their final asks in the next few days and turning in results on Thursday, Oct. 15. The event will be held at Country Kitchen from 4:00- 6:00 pm. Volunteers were asked to make 5-10 personal contacts from their network of family, friends and colleagues.
The goal of the Friends and Family Campaign is to 1) Reach as many people as possible 2)Educate them about the specifics of the project 3) Make them aware of the personal and regional benefits of the project and 4) to ask them to consider making a pledge or gift to the project.
“ We have a number of ways individuals and businesses can provide that financial support”, said Merle Morford, Campaign-Co-Chair. “ One-time gifts are wonderful, but not everyone is capable of making such a gift. Pledges can be made for any amount and then paid over 15-36 months depending on the total pledge. An automatic monthly payment plan makes giving so much easier,” Morford explained.
“This is truly a community project from its initiation to providing part of the funding”, said Mary Lecher, Campaign Co-Chair. She went on to explain, “ It is so exciting to see so many people say “yes” with their willingness to help and with their hard earned dollars. Hopefully people will see the added value for themselves as well as the region and step up with a gift or pledge. We don’t want anyone to think that their gift isn’t significant enough, so it really doesn’t matter! That couldn’t be further from the truth! Projects like this get done because lots of people participate at whatever level they can. Every gift really does make a difference! “
At the present time Campaign Chairs, Lecher and Morford said they are a little more than half way to the $500,000 goal. The Friends and Family Campaign will go a long way toward achieving the goal. There is still lots of work to be done and time for people to make pledges and gifts. “We will continue to contact businesses and individuals, more than likely through year end. It is critical that we meet this goal so that a bid can be accepted and construction begin early next year”, said Lecher.
The Friends & Family Campaign for the Swimming Pool Project is part of the Capital Campaign to bring the Chadron Area Aquatics & Wellness Center to life. The entire financing package includes 4 million in sales tax revenue, 1.5 million in grants and $500,000 from corporations and individuals.