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Black Hawk Cty. Gaming grant puts Traer Pool past $250k mark

December 7, 2012
Traer Star-Clipper

A grant from the Black Hawk County Gaming Association has pushed the fundraising campaign for the Traer Swimming Pool renovation project past the quarter-million-dollar mark.

The $70,000 grant approved on November 19 by the Black County Gaming Association boosts the total of gifts and pledges to the Make Waves for the Traer Pool | Keep FIT (Families in Traer) Campaign to $259,000. Major-gift solicitations and grant-seeking will continue with a goal of $1 million in grants, gifts, pledges and in-kind contributions.

"On behalf of the families of Traer, I want to express deep gratitude to the Black Hawk County Gaming Association," said Lee Wiges, General Chair of the Make Waves Campaign. "Our pool renovation project aligns perfectly with the Association's mission of improving the quality of life in the Cedar Valley."

The Make Waves Campaign is in its Neighbor-to-Neighbor phase this month. More than 500 households in the city received information packets with pledge cards. People who wish to make online donations visit:

The Campaign received significant boosts with pledges from Farmers Savings Bank & Trust and William C. Talen; and Joe Morris, Morris State Farm Insurance Agency in Traer. Farmers Savings Bank & Trust and Mr. Talen pledged $20,000 to the Make Waves for the Traer Pool | Keep FIT (Families in Traer) Campaign. Morris has committed to a pledge of $10,000.

"Farmers Savings Bank & Trust and Mr. Talen, and the Morris Agency are excellent examples of why Traer is such a great community. We appreciate their leadership and we are grateful for their generosity," said Wiges. Darlys Hulme, President of Farmers Savings Bank & Trust, serves as Honorary Chair of the Campaign.

Farmers in the Traer area are encouraged to make commodities gifts to the Campaign as part of the recently launched Share the Bounty Gifts of Grain Program. Qualifying producers can make gifts with no out-of-pocket expense and enjoy tax benefits through the program, which is described at the Campaign website, Materials about the Gifts of Grain program also are available at elevators and co-ops in Traer, Clutier, Buckingham, Lincoln, Reinbeck and Gladbrook.

In addition to Wiges and Ms. Hulme, Traer's volunteer Pool Committee members are Marlene Beenken, Kim Calderwood, Mark Keefer, Dahn Kennedy, Patty Suess, Kirstie Seda and Sara Zeien.



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