The thermometer showing the level of donations made to the new La Salle Community Centre rose significantly recently, as The Ventura Group committed a total of $120,000 to the centre.
Ventura’s vice-president of development Tim Comack said the total was made up of contributions from Ventura Custom Homes Ltd. and Ventura Land Company Inc., Clayton
Manness and family through CMC Developments and Manness Farms, and Prairie View Lakes Inc., who all contributed a total of $105,000. On top of that, Maple Leaf Construction gave a $10,000 donation, and Stantec Engineering contributed $5,000.
According to a statement from the Ventura group, the money will be used for construction costs, with the remainder to fund programs and services offered at the new centre.
Comack said the company, which has developed subdivisions in the La Salle area, is issuing a community challenge to encourage other businesses and individuals to donate before the end of December.
"We have agreed to match donations by residents in the community up to $5,000, with the minimum donation being $250 per family," he said. "We have also agreed to match the RM of Macdonald corporate community up to $10,000, with the minimum donation being $1,000 per company.
"Ventura is grateful for the hard work, dedication and commitment of the La Salle Community Centre fundraising committee," he added. "The La Salle Community Centre will be an invaluable resource for the community of La Salle and the RM of Macdonald."
With a final fundraising goal of $800,000 and the centre’s grand opening set for Feb. 8, 2014, community centre vice-president Gary Romijn is very pleased with the Ventura Group’s and other corporate donations.
"We’re moving along on our fundraising goals," he said. "We’re at about $400,000 now."
The current community centre includes soccer pitches, softball diamonds, football fields and a curling club. The new facility will add an additional 19,000 square feet of space including a full-size gym/hall, multi-purpose meeting rooms, a fastball diamond, an outdoor hockey rink and a fitness centre.
The new centre’s bricks and mortar are in place, but the capital campaign is raising money for equipment and furnishings needed for programs and services. These include: a commercial-grade kitchen, a security camera system, a scoreboard, sports equipment, dividing curtains, foldable bleachers and a removable stage for the gym, foldable acoustic partitions for the multi-purpose room, parking lot improvements and expansion, and an audio-visual system.
A donor wall within the centre will list contributors donating over $250.
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