James Pollard and the rest of the La Salle Community Centre Board’s members are thrilled with the results of a matching donation campaign initiated by the Ventura Group last December.
The money raised will pay for equipment needed to run programs and offer services in the new community centre, now being called the LSCU Complex.
"I think that we knocked it out of the park," Pollard said.
While the goal was $15,000 — $5,000 in private donations and $10,000 in corporate — donations and pledges made in December totalled $80,000.
"We did a lot of promotion through social media," Pollard said.
Ventura’s vice-president of development, Tim Comack, credited Pollard and the centre’s board and fundraising committee with working hard to generate recent donations.
"We put the matching campaign together to motivate the community," Comack said, adding that the company, which is developing residential lots in La Salle, will continue to support the community centre.
Pollard said the overall donation tally now comes to approximately $600,000 with the goal set at $800,000. Even though money is still needed to purchase commercial-grade kitchen equipment and to pave the new parking lot, he’s pleased with the fundraising progress made so far.
The grand opening of the new LSCU Complex is set for Feb. 8.