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Swimming Pool Fundraiser Meets $200,000 Goal

Roughly half of the funds came from individuals and community organizations, while the other half came from the school district. Find out when the pool will be closed for some work to be done.

In only four weeks, the Whitefish Bay High School swim program was able to raise just over $200,000 to bring its pool into compliance with safety standards and once again host home swim meets.

The swimming pool renovation fundraiser reached , generating more than $100,000 from the community and another $110,000 from the Whitefish Bay School District for the purchase and installation of a moveable bulkhead.

Other donations came from the Whitefish Bay Public Education Foundation, , the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation, Duke Pride, North Shore Swim Club, the Whitefish Bay High School Parent Association, parent-teacher organizations from , and and the Shorewood Swim Club.

An anonymous donor also chipped in matching funds totaling $50,000.

“To generate that kind of support from the community in just a one-month time period is great," said high school Activities Director John Gustavson. "It speaks highly of the level of support in the community.”

In addition to contributions from the district and community organizations, Gustavson said the fundraiser also received help from individual small donors, including a 150 Euro from a Saudi Arabian student that came to Whitefish Bay in 2001 through AFS.

One-month closure starts mid-May

Whitefish Bay High School swim coach Jim Davis said the pool will be closed from mid-May to mid-June, but it will not interfere with scheduled swim lessons and other programs. The pool needs to be closed for the racing lines to be painted in the pool, but other items, such as the bulkhead and the starting blocks, can be installed while the pool is open, he said.

A moveable bulkhead is a wall that would allow swimmers to launch from starting blocks at a deeper area of the pool, in the diving well. The moveable bulkhead would be positioned to allow six racing lanes in a direction perpendicular to the current racing lanes.

With the moveable bulkhead in place, the school would be able to host swim meets, invitationals and other events at the school, so the renovation plans also include the purchase of new starting blocks, a scoreboard and a timing system.

The deadline for the fundraiser was set for the end of February, allowing enough time for the parts to be ordered and installed to meet the construction timeline.

Davis also thanked Gustavson, Karla Walther, Genie Smith and Thea Durawa for their efforts in the fundraiser, as well as Nebbish Society members, swim parents, alumni and the community at large.

"To be able to do this and meet our deadline and raise that kind of money is great," he said. "It’s a great thing for us to know how we were supported."

Bob McBride February 28, 2012 at 06:07 PM
If $110,000 of this is from the WFB School District, how does that equate with having met (or slightly exceeded) the goal of raising $200M through "fundraising"?
dills February 29, 2012 at 10:51 PM
$110,000 from the school district is taxpayer funded, right or wrong. The writer of this article could have explained the process on how this money was diverted to this project. On the other hand, thanks to those who donated and worked on this project to try their best to privately fund the project!
MKL July 24, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Our pool is so special. Our swim teams have a place to practice and compete. Our seniors and other community members can swim daily at a very small cost. Don't really care if the $110,000 came from the district. The match was good and generous. And I don't like our taxes either---but it is good to see them put to good use.

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