Friends of Rutherford Pool raise more cash, move closer to financial goals
The Friends of the Rutherford Pool have raised an additional $12,000 at a fundraiser hosted by Eastern Michigan University President Sue Martin.
It's the latest in a series of recent successes for the group, which is now a third of the way to raising the $600,000 needed to rebuild the aging community pool on South Congress Street. It also puts the Friends just $23,000 shy of $223,000 in matching funds needed to qualify for a $300,000 Michigan Department of Natural Resources trust fund grant.
“The generosity of this community just continues to astound me,” said Friends member Lisa Wozniak in a written statement. “People in and around Ypsilanti clearly understand how important it is to have a new pool.”
The group received significant gifts from the Ford Motor Company Fund and from Charles Reinhart Realtors at Martin's fundraiser, as well as contributions from others in attendance.
Last week, the Ypsilanti Township Board of Trustees approved donating $10,000 to the Friends, and the group signed a memorandum of understanding regarding the management and ownership of the facility with the City of Ypsilanti. City Council approved the memorandum at its July 19 meeting.
The Friends have until Sept. 30 to raise the remaining $20,000 for the matching grant. The matching funds and $300,000 state grant would provide enough cash for a rebuild, but the Friends also want to start an endowment fund and maintenance fund.
The pool will close at the end of the summer if it isn't rebuilt due to extensive mechanical and structural issues.