The Community House Project: a Major Milestone
Beaver Island residents came through again by raising a half million dollars to match the challenge grant of two anonymous donors, who between them pledged $250,000 last summer if other Island residents showed their support by pledging an equal amount within the year.
These matches primarily came from an on-going effort to solicit support from Island residents. The early success of the "Founding Families" program shows the high level of interest and support from the families contacted so far. Their response demonstrates the enthusiasm for retaining Beaver Island's character by recreating the old Dockside Marketwhile also making a place for the community to gather. As part of this ongoing effort, PABI will contact other Island "Founding Families" to assist with its remaining challenge.
We've received an additional challenge from a previous anonymous donor, who has offered another $150,000 if we match it in the next twelve months. Like the others, it is dedicated to the construction of the Community House, and requires more matching pledges to become a reality. Approximately $125,000 remains to match. If we can do this, we'll have $800,000 available for this project. Fund-raising will continue, but now there remains little doubt that the Dockside Recreation and Community House will become a reality.
This project involves the recreation of the Dockside Market, a once familiar landmark in the center of St. James. The recreation on its original site will include the use of the preserved façade, which was carefully taken down, numbered, and placed in a secure and dry storage building. The two-story building will approximate the original footprint, with modifications designed to enhance its ability to fulfill our needs. It will welcome residents and visitors to the heart of the harbor and town. Its Welcoming Center, Youth Center, and a Community Forum Center for special activities will help actualize and heighten our common bond.
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