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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Municipal pool fund raising efforts nearing goal

  • The Shawnee Municipal Pool committee has a few weeks left to raise the remaining $116,600 in order to reach the goal set by the matching grant from the Avedis Foundation.
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  • The Shawnee Municipal Pool committee has a few weeks left to raise the remaining $116,600 in order to reach the goal set by the matching grant from the Avedis Foundation.
    John Ayers, Shawnee Municipal Pool committee member, gave a presentation on the pool fund raising efforts at Monday night's City Commission meeting.
    Several months ago the Avedis Foundation challenged the pool committee to a grant of $616,000. The pool committee was charged to raise $1,233,000 of the total project cost of $4,233,200.
    "That's the key thing, to reach that Avedis Foundation grant challenge," Ayers said.
    To date, the committee has raised over $5,000 in donations. With just a few weeks to raise the remaining $116,600, Shawnee Mayor Wes Mainord encourages everyone to donate whatever amount they can.
    "We want a lot of citizens participation in donations," he said.
    Ayers said he encourages citizens to donate.
    "Your contribution will go a long way toward making this wonderful new pool and remodeled bath house a reality," he said.
    Mainord said while citizens may think a small donation wouldn't matter, it really does and he loves seeing the many donations they've already received from citizens. He said one person has been sending $20 a month for the past three months and those donations are what sticks out the most in his mind.
    "I'd rather have 3,000 $30 donations," Mainord said referring to reaching the goal in the next few weeks.
    The pool committee hopes to begin construction soon. Mainord said the new pool would have something for everyone including shade, a river to walk through, slides, a splash pad and much more.
    "We hope to award a bid in early February," Ayers said.
    The donations to the new pool are tax deductible. To donate, mail checks to: Shawnee Community Foundation, c/o Municipal Pool, 1421 E. 45th Street, Shawnee, OK 74804. For questions, please call 481-0562.
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