Construction of the $5 million Paradise Hill Community Centre is ahead of schedule as corporate and personal donations continue to fill the fundraising pot.
The new 19,000 sq. ft. centre will be connected to Paradise Hill School by a corridor to allow easy access for students.
The new wing will include a 20-spot daycare, and rooms for adult exercise, meetings, senior activities and events and will replace the existing Kinsmen Hall built in 1974.
Approximately $2.5 million, or 50 per cent, of the target goal has been raised to date.
Agland in Lloydminster is one of the latest corporate donors with their second $25,000 cheque to the PHCC project.
“They donated the first time in 2013 and they said ‘Come back when you’ve started construction,’” said Neil McNab, PHCC board member in charge of fundraising.
“They came back and put another $25,000 in, so now their total is $50,000.”
As a new short-term fundraiser, every $100 donation made before the PHCC Christmas party on Dec. 5 will net one entry into a draw for four Johnny Reid tickets.
The winner can choose any venue among shows in Saskatoon — Feb. 8 or 9 — Regina — Feb. 16 or 17 — and Edmonton — March 2 or 3 — to see the country crooner.
“There’s been some great response from business and individuals,“McNab said about the Reid promotion.
On the construction front, the general contractor, Miners Construction of Saskatoon, is ahead of schedule as Kelowna’s West Coast Steel wraps up the steel work.
“Basically, we have all the tin on the building and insulation, so they’re just getting it closed up for winter,” McNab said last week.
“We started in July doing the pilings and the dirt work and they’ve been at it ever since.”
He said before it gets cold, “We’ll have things closed up” so crews can work on the interior during the winter.
The target date for completion is next summer possiby in time to host the class of 2016 grads as the first community event at the centre.
“That’s what we’re hoping for — if it happens that would be great,” said McNab who’s almost ready
to announce who will headline the 2016 Summer Bash fundraiser.
More than 1,000 people bought tickets to see Diamond Rio and Lindsay Ell last August, with $165,000 in profit for the PHCC project.
“It was our most successful summer to date,” said McNab.
“We’ve got great support from local people and businesses,” he said.
“It’s drawing people from a wide area.”
McNab says the response was likely better than expected with fans knowing the new centre was under construction in mid July.
“We try to make sure we have quality entertainment. There’s a lot of support that will support no matter who we have because it’s for the community centre,” said McNab.