Rec campaign raises $1.2 million for new community center

FRYEBURG — The Capital Campaign to raise funds for a Community Center in Fryeburg has reached a major milestone, raising 80% of the funds needed to build the facility.

Brad Littlefield, who has led the fundraising effort for the last three years, made the announcement Tuesday.

“I am pleased to inform the residents of Fryeburg that the Capital Campaign has raised $1.2 million toward our $1.5 million goal, thanks to the generosity of many individuals, corporations and foundations,” he said.

Construction could begin as early as April 2014 if an additional $300,000 is raised by then, said Littlefield.

The Center will be known as the Hastings Community Center, after Doris and David Hastings II. The generous donation was given in memory of the Hastings by their children, Ann Hastings and David Hastings III.

Other major gifts include:

Kendal C. and Anna Ham Foundation — Supporting the teen center and technology room;

Don and Brenda Thibodeau — Supporting the gymnasium;

Norway Savings Bank — Supporting the senior center;

Poland Spring Water Company — Supporting the basketball court floor;

Hannaford Charitable Foundation and Hannaford Supermarkets Supporting the community kitchen.

Further funding came from the Clarence Mulford Trust, West Oxford Agricultural Society, Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, Tube Hollows International, Gibson Woodbury Charitable Foundation and the Goldberg Foundation.

Littlefield said that the focus of the campaign to date has been securing naming rights at the facility, but that the final phase of the fundraising campaign will appeal to the community.

“We are currently working with several foundations in hopes of obtaining further funding, but I anticipate that the majority of the remaining $300,000 we need will come from community members who share our vision for this new community asset,” Littlefield said.

Fundraising efforts are ongoing and tax-deductible donations of any size can be sent to: Fryeburg Recreation Capital Campaign, P.O. Box 41, Fryeburg, ME  04037.

The Hastings Community Center will be built at the Fryeburg Recreation Complex off of Route 302. Plans call for a 120’x120’ steel building that, in addition to housing the Fryeburg Recreation Department office, will feature a gymnasium with a basketball court, locker rooms and showers, a function room with a full-size kitchen, a senior center, a technology room and a teen center.

“Our goal is to offer expanded programs and services that promote a healthy lifestyle and that appeal to all ages. Once the new Community Center is built, we’ll finally have the space we need to meet that goal,” Littlefield said.

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