Protect Our Turf Campaign reaches half-way point of fundraising goal
The "Protect Our Turf" campaign committee announced today that it has reached the halfway point in its fundraising goal of $8 million. Since the campaign kickoff in August, the committee has secured $2,845,000 in private sector commitments and a pledge of $1.5 million from the Bismarck Public School district for a total of $4,345,000.
"The reception from the community to this project is exceptional," stated Todd Steinwand, campaign co-chair. "In our visits with the community and businesses, there is broad agreement that the public and private sector cooperating together is good government in action."
To date, the committee has focused on securing rental agreements for the suites. Seven of the 14 suites are now leased. In addition to the suite rentals, $50,000 has been pledged toward the new training rooms and $20,000 in donations has been received.
"The next phase of the campaign will wrap up the large commitments and we will start the individual campaign that will seek out those smaller donations," said Tim Hennessy, campaign co-chair. "We have fans asking us everyday how they can donate $50 or $100. We are excited to roll out that opportunity to allow everyone to engage in this effort. It truly is a "Community Bowl".
The goal of the committee is to secure the larger commitments by the end of November for the suites, locker rooms, training rooms and the scoreboard. Over the winter months, the campaign will work on the smaller individual contributions. The intent is to secure $8 million so that bids for the renovation can be prepared in January with a goal of starting the renovation next spring after the state track meet.
"The speed at which this is coming together is amazing," said Jim Haussler, chairman of the Community Bowl Authority. "If you think the adults are excited about this project, you should talk with the kids. They are thrilled at the design and the renovations that will enhance not only the athletic but the fan experience."
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