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Posted on: June 26, 2019


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                        Capital Campaign Chair Selected for Outdoor Pool Project

 A retired Capital University Center (CUC) Director will lead the fundraising efforts for Pierre’s new outdoor pool.

Pierre Mayor Steve Harding announced today that Ron Woodburn has agreed to Chair the Capital Campaign to replace Pierre’s current outdoor municipal pool. Harding says that Woodburn has experience leading major funding raising campaigns and has a particular interest in this project.

“Ron is passionate about swimming for all reasons –whether that be recreational, competitive or therapeutic,” said Harding. “I am so very pleased to have Ron leading this charge!”

Woodburn retired from his position at CUC in 2013. While in that capacity, through a public-private partnership, Woodburn secured funding to build the current CUC building which opened in May 2009.

“I’m really excited about this project,” said Woodburn. “Once complete, I know it will provide a great boost for Pierre and the surrounding area.”

Woodburn says he’s filling out the capital campaign team now and expects to have the campaign in full swing by mid-July.

“But if you just can’t wait to donate, give me a call,” Woodburn added with a grin.

A fundraising account has been established. Those wishing to make a contribution can send a check to City of Pierre, PO Box 1253, Pierre, SD 57501.  Checks can be made out to City of Pierre; “Pool Fund” should be denoted in the memo line.

In March, the Pierre City Commission approved a plan to replace Pierre’s 90-plus-year-old outdoor pool. The replacement plan, developed by a volunteer citizen committee, includes a $6.5-million base model paid for by the City and a fundraising initiative to pay for additional features. Final pool design is dependent on sponsorships and funds raised.

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