FORT FRANCES—After getting a major shot-in-the-arm from Shaw Communications last month, the Fort Frances Public Library and Technology Centre’s “Building for the Future” campaign will be aiming to reach its fundraising goal of $750,000 with a phone blitz next month.
Campaign chair Mark Kowalchuk, who was out of town for the Shaw announcement, said Monday he’s ecstatic about the news.
“Five percent—that is all we have yet to raise in order to attain our fundraising goal of $750,000,” he noted. “Shaw’s Palladium-level donation has certainly done wonders to raise our spirits and to reinvigorate the fundraising and project efforts.”
With the campaign so close to achieving its goal, Kowalchuk added, “I can’t wait to get started . . . again.”
“We are going to put on a big push to make that five percent in September,” he explained. “Rather than do a number of small events, I would like to do a phone blitz with a goal of raising the $40,000 still to be raised.
“While smaller event are fun and contribute to the ultimate goal, I think that the timing is right to get the job done.”
Organizers will kick into high gear after Labour Day in order to conduct the phone blitz a week or two later.
“We will need callers, both for cold calls and for calls to people we know as supporters, patrons, or people who can be encouraged to increase their contributions/pledges,” said Kowalchuk.
“There are a number of people who have contributed, but are just shy of the $500 needed in order to get permanent recognition in the new library and technology centre,” he hinted.
“There are also some who, with a further donation of $100 or $200 can move to a higher recognition category, i.e., from ‘Copper’ to ‘Nickel.’”
Donors—and prospective ones—also will be able to get a good look at who has donated so far to the campaign in an ad in next week’s Times, noted Kowalchuk.
The list includes sponsors from Palladium ($100,000 and up) to Copper ($500-$2,500), as well as all donations made in honour or memory of individuals.
As previously reported, the building committee for the new library and technology centre is planning to put the job out to tender in January, with construction to start next spring.
(Fort Frances Times)