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Community centre fundraising hits 50% mark

PELHAM – February 13, 2018 – The members of Pelham Town Council celebrate the announcement that, to date, the $3 million fundraising campaign for the new Pelham Community Centre had hit the half-way point with a total of $1.5 million raised. – Steve Henschel/Metroland

While the debate may continue over Pelham’s financial state, and the construction of its new community centre, fundraising for the project is right on schedule.

On Monday, Feb. 5, town council briefly recognized several donors to the ongoing, $3 million fundraising campaign for the $36 million centre in Fonthill currently under construction. Specifically, the Fonthill Lions Club, Pelham Raiders Minor Lacrosse, Skycomp Solutions and Furtney Crysler LLP Chartered Professional Accountants were all recognized for donations to the campaign. The brief recognition during a meeting of council included an additional announcement, that the campaign, under the guidance of Interkom, has hit the halfway mark with $1.5 million of $3 million raised.

“This is a real milestone,” said Interkom president Martin van Zon, noting in May 2017 the campaign had just broken the $1 million mark. He hinted another funding announcement is on the way in the spring, wrapping up the larger, naming phase portion of the campaign before the small donor and individual portion kicks off in the spring.

That final push will see smaller donations canvassed from community members who will in turn be recognized when the new facility opens its doors.

“You guys have made a great investment,” said Drew Furtney of Furtney Crysler LLP. His business partner Bill Crysler echoed that statement and noted, with four children, the new twin pad arena and gymnasium will likely be a draw for his family. “It’s probably going to be a second home for us,” said Crysler.


Ben Chambers of the Pelham Raiders also praised the project that has been a contentious issue for some residents. He said the new build is particularly special as it will allow the club to return to Pelham after it was forced to find a home in a facility outside the municipality.

“It’s the thing that drew us back to the community,” he said.

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Originally posted in Niagara This Week – Written by Steve Henschel on February 13, 2018

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