The pool at West Virginia University Jacksons Mill needs a few more drops before it can hold water again. A few more drops of cash, that is.
Save Our Pooldonation buckets need to collect just $29,981 more before WVU Jacksons Mill can begin to make the facility swimmer ready for the thousands of visitors from throughout West Virginia who are expecting to enjoy the Lewis County landmark this summer.
Those additional drops in the donation bucket will open up a more powerful force$200,000 in matching funds. The Hugh I. Shott Foundation, based in Bluefield, has pledged to match each pool donation up to a total of $200,000.
TheSave Our Poolcampaign will finance the replacement of the swimming pool, which was closed last year because of structural and leakage problems.
The pool campaign was initiated by the West Virginia 4 H All Stars and is being led by Guy Stewart of Morgantown, who was a past chief of the organization and a 4 H program supporter for more than 65 years.
In just three months, the pool campaign has raised more than $170,019. Contributions have poured in from Jacksons Mill supporters in 44 West Virginia counties, 19 states and Washington, D.C., as well as from WVU . The new pool is expected to cost $450,000. Any additional money raised above the $450,000 price tag will be used for pool maintenance and repairs.
WVU Jacksons Mill officials hope to start construction in March so the pool will be ready for the summer season.
To contribute to theSave Our Poolcampaign and help create new memories for current and future summer campers, contact Bob Galardi or Jennifer Racut, WVU Extension Service Development Office, at 304-293 5691. A brochure for the pool fundraising campaign is posted at WVU Extension Services Web sitehttp://www.wvu.edu/~exten.