Friday, June 16, 2017

Dorchester Water Park Fundraising Hits Halfway Mark At $75,000

Dorchester appears to be on its way to getting a new water park in its city park.

The Dorchester Community Foundation Fund has targeted a small-scale water park -- or splash pad -- as its next project.

A fundraising "thermometer" beneath the village's electronic marquee on main street shows the project has raised $75,000 already.  That's the halfway mark for the total $150,000 cost of the project, according to the information that has been made public.

We reported earlier this year that the Dorchester splash pad received a big boost thanks to a large donation from the Robert Havlat family. 

We've spoken to insiders who say other large donations have been made, but our sources refused to name the contributors until later.

This past spring, Dale Hayek, president of the Dorchester Community Foundation Fund, said, "The splash pad will take much community support and participation," calling the project the foundation's "largest and most challenging project" yet.

Dorchester's splash pad is expected to be a larger-scale splash pad, we are told, with the ability to expand it even more in the future.  The project is set to be located in Dorcheter's City Park and could begin construction by early next spring if fund raising is adequate. That's according to an e-mail sent to the Times.

If you would like to help speed the project along, donations are encouraged now.

Donations to the Dorchester Community Foundation Fund are accepted anytime, made payable to the Dorchester Foundation Community Fund and mailed to: 

Dorchester Community Foundation Fund
c/o Peg Bergmeyer
101 Washington Ave.
Dorchester, NE  68343.

The Dorchester Foundation is a non-profit subsidiary of the Nebraska Community Foundation, so all donations are 100% tax deductible.  For questions about the Foundation Fund, e-mail Dale Hayek at



  2. Is there an email address to the person in charge of the Dorchester Community Foundation? Have a couple sources to for companies looking to give away money.


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