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These members of the La Salle Community Centre Board of Directors and the New Facility Fundraising Committee have worked hard to raise money for the new facility. Front row, from left to right: Chris Lippens, Barbara Agland O’Connor, Christie Houston-Klatt, and Marla Cornelson. Back row, from left to right: Tom 
Cardinal, Shannon Martin, Dave Brown, Martin McGarry, Brian Cornelson, Paul Schultz, Allen Ludlam, and Dean Bjarnarson. Not pictured: Gerry Gluska, Ray Klassen, Adam Murphy, Chris Randle, and Greg McCulloch.

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These members of the La Salle Community Centre Board of Directors and the New Facility Fundraising Committee have worked hard to raise money for the new facility. Front row, from left to right: Chris Lippens, Barbara Agland O’Connor, Christie Houston-Klatt, and Marla Cornelson. Back row, from left to right: Tom Cardinal, Shannon Martin, Dave Brown, Martin McGarry, Brian Cornelson, Paul Schultz, Allen Ludlam, and Dean Bjarnarson. Not pictured: Gerry Gluska, Ray Klassen, Adam Murphy, Chris Randle, and Greg McCulloch. Photo Store

I always knew these people put their hearts and souls into their community, but now they’re putting their money into it, too.  

These members of the La Salle Community Centre Board of Directors and the New Facility Fundraising Committee have collectively donated nearly $150,000! They have set an amazing precedent and now they are looking to the rest of the community to show support too.  

This includes both corporate and personal donations. Donors will receive a tax receipt. It is estimated, based on 2013 marginal tax rates, a $1,000 donation would receive a $423 tax credit, making the net cost to the donor only $577.

There will be a donor wall in the new facility acknowledging contributions as follows: Platinum — $50,000 and over, Gold — $10,000 to $49,999, Silver — $5,000 to $9,999, Bronze — $2,500 to $4,999, Builders — $1,250 to $ 2,499, and Sustainers — $250 to $1,249.  

There are also facility and room naming rights available to top donors.

La Salle is a proud community made up of amazing people. As the largest community in the RM of Macdonald, and growing, there is increased demand for more space for programs and events that bring people of all ages together and help the sense of community grow with the population.

The current population is over 2,000, with predictions of growth to 3,750 in the near future. A local centre for activities is exactly what this growing community needs.

Touring the community centre, I saw the completed shell. The gym area, with its high ceiling, looks huge and it’s clear to see that besides being able to offer more sports programs locally, we will be able to seat many more people for future socials, fall suppers and other events. I can’t wait to see the completed project.

The construction crew reports that things are on schedule to open in early 2014, so there is some urgency to get the fundraising rolling. The amount of money raised will affect some of the construction decisions that will be made soon, so the sooner the money is raised, the nicer the centre will be.

Some of the projects that still require funding include: commercial equipment for the kitchen (enabling banquet functions), dividing curtains for the gymnasium, foldable acoustic partitions for the multi-purpose room, sports and fitness equipment, parking lot improvements and expansion, folding bleachers, a collapsible stage, security system, landscaping, scoreboard and an audio visual system.

Gary Romijn, vice-president of the La Salle Community Centre Board of Directors and member of the New Facility Fundraising Committee, says he is very proud of the board’s commitment.

All donations are welcome, big or small. Donations can be a one-time donation or can be spread over three years. Any donation over $10,000 can be spread over five years. Now’s the time, we need everyone to band together. We appreciate the support we have received from the community so far.

If you wish to donate or you have any questions, please contact Gary Romijn at 204-809-3185 or email gmromijn@mymts.net.

Camille Meub is a community correspondent for La Salle. You can email her at talktocamille@hotmail.ca

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