There’s still some number-crunching to do yet but the “Ice for Kids” committee put a cap on its five-year fundraising drive yesterday—exceeding the targeted amount of $500,000. “We’ve had a surplus of over and above the amount that we’ve committed,” committee co-chair Les Baker said Thursday morning. “We had a lot of late donations to put us well over the top.”
The committee met Wednesday and agreed to forward a letter—along with the final amount—to town council suggesting how the money should be spent.
“We have a couple of ideas on where we’d like the money to go,” Baker said.
The Ice for Kids Arena, with a full capacity of 1,200, cost upwards of $7 million and opened in June, 2000.
While plans and several fundraisers to build the new arena started in 1992, the five-year drive began in April, 1997 after council told the committee to raise its share of the project.
Since then, local companies and residents have been donating money. Their names are posted on the “Wall of Fame” in the Memorial Sports Centre lobby.