Although it took a little longer than expected, the first major donation for the Cedar Grove-Belgium community fitness center came in last week.
National Exchange Bank & Trust, a Fond du Lac-based company with a branch in Cedar Grove, pledged $75,000 to the fitness center currently under construction on the north side of the high school.
“National Exchange has been a company we’ve targeted all along and the timing was right for them,” School Board President Chad Hoopman said.
The bank, on behalf of the Stone Foundation, will donate $15,000 per year, according to Business Manager Kris DeBruine’s July board report.
According to a tab on the district’s website, donors that give more than $50,000 will receive a one-year membership to the fitness center, a 50% discount after the first year and “on-site recognition.”
DeBruine said in her board report that Oostburg State Bank has committed $15,000 to the project. Those funds will be made available in August.
Other donations have come from Anthony and Cheryl Summers, Sharon Cutwell and West Bend Community Foundation’s Johnson Family Fund, according to the district website.
The district is hoping to raise $600,000 through donations and naming rights.
The School Board approved the addition of a $1.45 million fitness center in December.
The center will include a 4,074-square-foot-fitness, weight, and cardio area; a 6,172-square-foot wrestling and multi-purpose area; two 693-square-foot storage areas; and an upgraded locker room facility for school, athletic team and community use.
Construction on the center should be complete by the end of 2015, with the upgraded locker facilities finished by the start of the 2015-16 school year.
Hoopman said the district is expecting more donations to come in within the next few months.
“There are other businesses that have been in the conversation and we might have something in the not-too-distant future,” he said, noting businesses and individuals can find more information on how to donate on the district website.