Donation takes Multiplex fundraising committee closer to goal

The announcement last week of another major donation to the Multiplex Redevelopment Project was a massive step forward for the project.

The announcement last week of another major donation to the Multiplex Redevelopment Project marked a significant step toward the project fundraising committee’s $2 million goal.

The Town of Sylvan Lake announced on June 9 that Redcore, a Sylvan Lake-based company specializing in oilfield construction, donated $250,000 to the project, and in turn will receive naming rights to one of the NexSource Centre’s ice surfaces.

The donation now takes fundraising to about 83 per cent of its $2 million target, and momentum is now in full swing, according to fundraising committee co-chair Amy Komarniski.

“Things are kind of rolling again now that there’s some groundwork being done and there are crews on site,” she said. “It’s brought it back into the public’s awareness that this is happening.”

Of the project’s $33,550,000 budget — which was recently adjusted following a value engineering exercise — the fundraising committee was tasked with raising $2 million.

Now nearing that goal, Komarniski sees no reason why it can’t only be met in the near future, but also exceeded.

“We have not changed the goal for fundraising, although the budget has increased significantly,” she said. “That being said, the opportunity for fundraising and sponsorship is far more than the $2 million goal. We hope to far exceed that, and there’s capacity there to do that.”

Donations like the one made last week are an indication of the community’s solid support of the project, she added.

“(The $2 million target) has gone from being a very lofty goal to being more than attainable, and that really is because of the response of the business community and the residents in town who have so solidly supported this project.”

Komarniski said fundraisers are aiming to reach their $2 million goal at some point this year.

Further information on the project and its fundraising and sponsorship opportunities is available online at www.nexsourcecentre.ca.