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Library phone blitz hits another $3,000


The “Building for the Future” fundraising campaign’s “Drive for 35” phone blitz carried on yesterday, seeing pledges totalling another $3,000.

Campaign chair Mark Kowalchuk said this morning they’ve now reached $734,000, “moving closer to $750,000, which is still our goal, ultimately, and $35,000, our goal for this week.”

Campaign volunteers will continue to call area residents today and Friday, asking if they’d like to make a pledge towards the new library and technology centre here.

But Kowalchuk stressed those who want to give shouldn’t wait around for a phone call. Taking a cue from others who’ve already done so this week, they should make their way to the Fort Frances Public Library and fill out a pledge card in person.

Donors also can call Kowalchuk at 275-9508 or library board chair Joyce Cunningham at 275-7250, and tell them they want to make a pledge.

They’ll take down your information (such as your name, address, how much you want to give, how you want pay, etc.) and even write it on a pledge card for you. Then they’ll come by your home this week, or in the first few days of next week, and get you to sign the pledge card and complete the process (i.e., pick up the cheque, get your VISA number, etc.)

It doesn’t matter if donations are small or large, in a lump sum, or spread over three, four, or five years—every penny helps to move the new Fort Frances Library and Technology Centre that much closer to construction.

Payment options, like Mastercard, VISA, and automatic deductions, are available. As well, all donations over $25 will be issued a tax receipt.

Donors who give $500 or more, or in memory or honour of others, will be acknowledged on a donor wall in the new library.

The Fort Frances Library and Technology Centre building committee is working on a timeline to proceed to tender in January to enable construction to begin in early spring.

The centre will be a 13,770 sq. ft., single-storey structure located at the corner of First Street East and Reid Avenue, adjacent to the Memorial Sports Centre.

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