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Pelham community centre lands $400,000 in support

PELHAM — The fundraising efforts for Pelham’s new $36.2 million community centre.

Last week the city held an event recognizing the first three donors to the community fundraising campaign that will fill a $3 million hole in the construction budget of the currently-under-construction centre. In total $400,000 worth of donations were announced last week from three donors: Trillium Mutual Insurance Company to the tune of $25,000; Duliban Insurance for $125,000; and Accipiter Radar Technologies Inc. for $250,000.

“This sort of signifies the start,” said Mayor Dave Augustyn, explaining the three gifts point to the excitement and support in the community for the project that will bring a new twin-pad arena and other community facilities to east Fonthill.

Adam Duliban said the choice to come on board with contribution was a no brainer given his childhood memories of playing hockey in the current Pelham Arena.

“Our family has such a history with hockey,” said Adam, who was joined by his brother Jason for the announcement.

“As kids we were found in the arena all the time,” said Adam.

The two brothers both played with the Pelham Panthers before graduating on to the Welland Junior Canadians.

Jason said the contribution is a way for the business to give back to the community that has supported its growth. He was quick to add he is excited for the new facility, not only because of the ice, but because of the community the building will generate.

“It will shape our community,” said Jason, adding, “recreation creates jobs and generates income.”

Accipiter owner Dr. Tim Nohara echoed those sentiments.

“This is about cultural and recreational vibrancy, it’s about bringing people together,” he said, adding, “there’s strength in communities that play together.”

Nohara noted he is certainly looking forward to playing a bit of hockey at the new centre when he is not watching his grandchildren, nieces and nephews on the ice.

“I’ll hack around a little bit,” said Nohara, who nodded to Pelham’s already strong sense of community apparent in events such as Summerfest.

As a result of the gifts Arena A will be named the Accipiter Arena while Arena B will bear the name of Duliban Insurance.

The town has enlisted the services of Interkom for its fundraising efforts. President Martin van Zon said the gifts are just a start to the campaign that started last year with a feasibility study to identify the capacity in the community for such a campaign. Van Zon said based on that study the campaign will hopefully hit the $3 million mark by 2018.

The larger gifts of naming right, he said, are typically the first pursued as part of a capital campaign engaging businesses and organizations, followed by a second phase of campaigning looking to individuals in the community.

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Originally posted in Niagara This Week – Written by Steve Henschel, December 20, 2016