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**Article courtesy of Record-Argus, Greenville, PA 
February 27, 2014
Match Deal Could Raise $1M for Pool Project
Editor's Note: The Funds that the Northern Mercer County Community Foundation plans to put toward Greenville's pool are through the $12 million  bequeathed to the area by late Greenville philanthropist David Baughman. Pick up the last section of Insight-Community- in Friday's Record-Argus to read more about the progress of and plans for those funds.
by Caleb Stright
    The price tag to reopen the Greenville Memorial Pool is a big one, but the Northern Mercer County Community Foundation has a plan it is optimistic could have local kids swimming again in 2015.
    The foundation has committed to match the funds the Greenville Memorial Pool Committee raises up to $500,000, which would translate up to $1million for the project.
     "We are very excited about the opportunity the foundation has given us," said Randy Olon, Chair of the Greenville Memorial Pool Committee, which was formed three years ago to reopen the pool.
     While $500,000 is the maximum the foundation will match, there is a minimum as well: the pool committee has to raise at least $300,000. 
"The way we see it, there's two options," said Larry Haynes, executive director of the Community Foundation of Western PA and Eastern OH. The community can repair the pool at a cost of $400,000 to $600,000, which would be covered if the pool committee can raise the minimum $300,000. Or the community can replace the pool.
     In 2012, the pool committee released designs that would total $2.2 million to replace the pool and add other attractions, such as water features for kids. Another $3 million would enclose the facility.
     Although putting together $500,000 from the pool committee and $500,000 from the community foundation won't reach either of those figures, both Haynes and Olon said that the goal would be to leverage those funds for state and federal grants.
     "At minimum the community would get its pool back," said Haynes.
The community foundation plans to give the committee all of 2014 to raise funds, "but we're going to seek it aggressively over the next several months," said Olon. "This is a one-time opportunity." 
     Included in the pool committee's plans are pursuing a candidate to head up the capital fundraising plan. Olon said it has a highly qualified candidate in its sights.
As of Wednesday, Olon said the committee has raised a firm $75,000, and another $50,000 that it anticipates it will receive for a total of $125,000.
"They're off to a great start," Haynes said. "I'm very confident that the community will come through on this project."
     "Anybody who is thinking of donating and has the means to donate, its very important that they do, so we can meet our goals for this project." said Olon. "It's as if every dollar is doubled."
     The funds from the Northern Mercer County Community Foundation are through a $12 million bequest from David Baughman, who, before his passing in 2012, donated time and money to several causes in the community, specifically the pool.
     Haynes said the community foundation's board felt putting this money toward the pool would be fitting.
"This would be a wonderful way to perpetuate Dave's memory and legacy," Haynes said.
     For more on Greenville Memorial Pool Committee, visit


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