More than $1,000 was raised in just three hours last night for the forthcoming Dorchester water park.
That is according Peg Bergmeyer, who reported via Facebook that the Dorchester Community Foundation's ice cream social last night produced well over $1,000 in donations for the group's splash pad effort.
Around 150 attended the ice cream social at the park, according to an e-mailed report, including numerous families with young children who are anxious for the prospects of a small water park coming to Dorchester. The crowd was especially sizable considering the day's blistering heat produced a heat index of around 105 degrees.
The Times has learned the Foundation has already raised "right around $95,000 for the splash pad," thanks to individual donations from area residents and businesses, as well as sizable contributions from the Dorchester United Methodist Church, the Village of Dorchester, and the Robert Havlat family memorial.
Insiders say that Dorchester's splash pad is expected to be a larger-scale splash pad, with the ability to expand it even more in the future. The project will be located in Dorcheter's city park and could be under construction by early next spring if fund raising is adequate, according to an e-mail received in May.
If you would like to help speed the project along, donations are encouraged. Send donations to: Dorchester Community Foundation Fund, c/o Peg Bergmeyer,101 Washington Ave., Dorchester, NE 68343. The Dorchester Community Foundation Fund 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.