UPDATED MESSAGE, 03-21-20:
Dear Supporters of Midcoast Community Ice,
We extend our most sincere concern and sympathy as we collectively navigate the challenges and hardships resulting from the COVID-19 virus.
Thank you for the remarkable generosity and enthusiasm that was on display for our Skate-A-Thon campaign! We are humbled by the support. At $26,677, the tally has well surpassed our $25,000 goal, and some donations submitted by skaters are yet to be added to this count. The funds raised exceed $53,000 when considering our 1:1 match! Furthermore, this match will extend to as high as $50,000 raised on our part, for a total possible amount of $100,000. This GoFundMe Charity platform will remain active for those who still wish to participate. Also, please know that we are taking an abundance of caution and following recommended best practices as we process donations and pledge forms during this pandemic.
We understand that some skaters have been unable to submit their pledge packets and donations due to the COVID-19 disruption. Please do so by mail. Envelopes may be sealed with pledge sheets and checks, then mailed to:
Midcoast Community Ice Skate-A-Thon, P.O. Box 1019, Brunswick, ME 04011-1019
We wish you and yours well in this difficult time.
The Community Ice Team
This fundraiser is in support of our work to build and operate an indoor multi-purpose arena for the Bath, Brunswick, and Topsham region. The arena will be transformative for young skaters who now travel long and far on weeknights just for practice, as well as students who regularly rise as early as 4:00 in the morning to participate in hockey practice before school. It will address the shortage of reliable indoor ice, making skating more accessible in our communities and bringing benefits to all who enjoy active lifestyles.
The facility will feature a full scale, refrigerated ice rink that will support hockey, figure skating, public skating, and more in the winter months. Equipped with an all-purpose floor for the remainder of the year, the arena will also host lacrosse, field hockey, soccer, football, roller skating, and other community activities. We are dedicated to providing access to these opportunities for all in our communities, and are actively developing partnerships toward this end.
Midcoast Community Ice is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization established by Midcoast Youth Hockey to build and operate such a facility as soon as possible. With site design and permitting now underway, we aim to transition efficiently from our outdoor rink to this state-of-the-art indoor facility in the fall of 2020. The outpouring of support and enthusiasm from local businesses, community organizations, and families has been remarkable. The demand and momentum for this effort are strong, and the time is now!
As we actively pursue major gifts, grants, and financing, the Skate-A-Thon 2020 is an important step in establishing a broad base of support for our multi-phase grassroots fundraising effort. We've encouraged each skater to set their own fundraising goals, such as 10 sponsors or $125 in pledges, then see if they can beat them and keep going! Every dollar pledged will be matched by anonymous donors so your contribution will be multiplied to advance our effort at this important stage. Please consider supporting our mission by sponsoring a skater, or by making a general donation to the cause.
Thank you for your support and generosity!
-Midcoast Community Ice
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