Make a Splash for the Pinckneyville Pool
The Foundation for Pinckneyville and the City of Pinckneyville have joined together in a capital drive to raise money for much-needed repairs to the Jake Bender Municipal Pool. The campaign is called “Make a Splash for the Pinckneyville Pool.”
The two entities have set a goal of $85,000 to be used to replace plumbing, purchase new diving boards and a slide, replace ceiling tiles and shower fixtures, as well as other repair costs. The money can be donated to the non-profit Foundation in an earmarked fund and then given to the city as needed. All donations will be tax deductible.
The foundation has already committed to $25,000 to the effort with $20,000 of dedicated for the purchase a new slide. The remainder of the gift will be used for repairs.
“The pool is in disrepair and the city doesn’t have the funds to pay for the amount of work that needs to be done,” said City Finance Commissioner Bill Stotlar. “We are appealing to everyone whose children or themselves have enjoyed the pool, or who is simply civic-minded, to help us in this cause. The Foundation has generously jumped started this fundraising effort, but we estimate that it will take another $60,000 to achieve our goal.”
Stotlar said that $20,000 of that money will be used to replace the original and now leaking plumbing of the 49-year-old facility. About $10,000 will be used to replace doors, ceiling tiles, cracked or missing tiles in the showers and shower heads. The addition of two diving boards is expected to cost $20,000. The remainder of the money will be used for painting, replacing rotted wood throughout the building and for a new water heater (the existing one was installed in 1992.)
Stotlar said the imminent goals are to fix the leaky plumbing and paint the inside of the pool to have it ready for the 2017 season. Other repairs will be made as money comes in, he added.
The city has long subsidized the operation of the pool with General Revenue Funds. Last year, $54,100 was allocated to its operation with $20,000 of revenue generated for a net loss of about $34,000. Stotlar noted that this fundraising effort is for a specific purpose and will not replace future subsidizing of the pool by the city.
“While we are working to make the pool revenue neutral, we understand the challenges of doing so,” Stotlar said. “The pool is a quality life asset to our community and the city is happy to support it.”
Pinckneyville marketing consultant Jeff Smyth is working pro bono to help in the effort. He said fundraising will consist of a direct appeal to large donors and businesses, as well as online “crowd funding” for a broader appeal at the site Youcaring.com. The direct link is https://www.youcaring.com/pinckneyvillebenderpool-766789….
Legacy donations will be tiered at Platinum, $2,000-plus; Gold, $1,000-$2,000. Silver, $500-$1,000; $100-$500, Bronze. He expects crowd funding donations to be smaller than that, but certainly, larger amounts can be given at the site.
“We will ask individuals of means within the community directly to help us, but also believe that, because so many people grew up with memories of using the pool as kids, they will want to help out in any way they can,” Smyth said. “We believe we can reach thousands of people who grew up in Pinckneyville and who now live somewhere else, but want to remain connected to their hometown.”
The Facebook page, Jake Bender Municipal – Pinckneyville Pool is also being used to help promote the campaign. Everyone will be encouraged to “Like” it and “Share” the page with their friends to learn more of fundraising progress and spread the word.
“The power of social media can’t be underestimated and, where we were once limited by how many people we could reach through traditional outlets, we now have endless possibilities,” Smyth said. “Even if you can’t afford to help in the effort financially, you can help us by sharing the contact information with your Facebook friends.”
Donations may be made to the "Make a Splash for the Pinckneyville Pool" Campaign by clicking the button above to go directly to the YouCaring fundraiser page. You may also make a check payable to the Foundation for Pinckneyville and mail to PO Box 213, Pinckneyville, IL 62274. Write "Pool" in the memo line and the entire donation will go to the pool project.