Mayor Mike Patrick kicked off his personal Save Our Pool campaign in June 2012 with the goal of raising $10,000 from personal donations and $90,000 from foundations and fraternal clubs. The ultimate aim of the fundraiser was to raise match funds for an Oregon Parks and Recreation Grant, which required $100,000 total.
The personal donations Patrick was hoping to get from past and present citizens of Lakeview. “Over 15 months, I was able to raise $18,728 from citizens,” he said of the campaign, “Counting the donations from groups, the Save Our Pool fund raised $110,070.82.”
Patrick speculated that the extra would give the town a chance to buy extra pool equipment, like a waterslide.
“I received donations from people in Tasmania to Texas to Washington D.C. and all points in between,” said Patrick. Members of the LHS class of 1957, represented by Vern and Jan Story, came up with a challenge to other graduating classes from LHS to see which class could raise the most money.
The top five contributors will be recognized on a plaque at the pool. The class of 1962 made it to the top spot with $2,965.00 raised, followed by the class of 1982 with $2,300.00, the class of 1968 with $1,425.00, the class 1957 with $1,400.00, and the class of 1962 with $800. The plaque will also list the other major contributors to the project.
“I received checks from the class of 1947 clear up through the class of 2012,” said Patrick wonderingly, “With checks in size from $10 to $1,000.”
Construction hasn’t started yet as the process has been long. The group was notified that they received the grant on July 17, and had to wait for a notice to proceed that didn’t arrive until Sept. 5.