First of pool summer fundraisers is growing

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So far more than 100 residents will walk or run to help raise funds for the Dashes for Splashes events sponsored by the Mobridge Outdoor Pool Committee and Mobridge Regional Hospital and Clinics.

On Friday, May 17, the committee will sponsor a Kid’s 1K sunset walk/run and 5K walk/run at 7:30 p.m. along the banks of Lake Oahe.

On Saturday, May 18, the committee is sponsoring the 10K for runners and walkers that is open to people of all ages. There is still time to sign up for either race.

“This is going better than I ever imagined,” said committee member Val Ford. “We would like to have as many participants as possible. We just can’t guarantee them a T-shirt.”

On race day, the check-in and registration for the event will be held at the Mobridge Area Chamber of Commerce Office up until 6:45 p.m. on Friday and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Saturday race begins at 8:30 p.m.

With the April 9 vote behind them, the committee set its sites on fundraising through the summer months.

“Our mission is to continue to raise funds for the outdoor pool and get the best information possible about the project to the community,” said Ford. “We had a small window of time to work with and I believe the factual information did not get to the majority of the residents before the vote.”

The committee is now working on a website and they are also planning new and ongoing fundraising events.

In June the committee is sponsoring an adult dodgeball tournament; in July they are hosting a tent dance and in August sponsoring a volleyball camp.

Ford said she is a member of the committee because she understands the need for a pool in Mobridge and its importance to the community.

“I had no intention of being a member of this committee,” she said. “I went to a meeting to find out why they weren’t just building a new pool where the old one was. I was surprised at how complicated, with all of the rules and codes that it has become. It is not just putting a pool in the ground.”

Ford said the committee is determined to see the project completed.

“If we didn’t think that this was a reality, we wouldn’t have put hours and hours of volunteer time into this. It takes time away from our  families,” she said. “We are not just doing this for the fun of it. We believe our kids have the right to have a pool like we did when we were kids.”

Sign-up sheets for the Dashes for Splashes events are at Lucky’s, Gas N Goodies, Bridge City Florist, Mobridge Regional Hospital and Clinics, the Mobridge Tribune, Grand Central and at city hall. The applications can also be obtain online at Mobridge.org.

– Katie Zerr –

 

 

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