The Pulaski Community School District announced, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, that the Phase I fundraising goal has been met for the Red Raider Field of Dreams.
Many generous donors from the community helped push fundraising efforts for Pulaski’s Red Raider Field of Dreams down the field over the Phase I fundraising goal line and then back down the field again to start Phase II fundraising efforts.
Janel Batten, PHS athletic director and chair of the Field of Dreams Steering Committee, announced that $3.6 million has been raised, thus far, to pay off Phase I, which included Saputo Stadium, the new football, track and band complex, which opened Sept. 2. Many recent donations were made toward the project with the idea that it would close out Phase I fundraising and be the catalyst for work on Phase II to begin in the spring of 2017, Batten said.
“I am proud of the work the members of the Field of Dreams Steering Committee have done to raise the money for this new facility in Phase I and humbled by the generosity of our donors and community members,” said Batten. “It is very gratifying to be able to offer these outstanding facilities to our students and the community of Pulaski. I look forward to moving into Phase II.”
Phase I cost $3.2 million. Fundraising for Phase II, which will cost $2.4 million, is now at $400,000.
"The Field of Dreams Steering Committee has done an outstanding job of advocating for this project,” said Superintendent Bec Kurzynske. “They have invested in our community, and we are grateful for their efforts in securing funding for Phase I and presenting fresh fundraising and donation initiatives as we eagerly continue work for Phase II."
At its Nov. 18, 2015, business meeting, the Pulaski Community School District Board of Education authorized the borrowing of an amount not to exceed $2.8 million in connection with the initiative with the intention it would be fully repaid through donations from the public. Just over a year later, that is a reality.
“The board approved cash-flow borrowing for the Field of Dreams because we had confidence in the project and the capabilities of everyone involved with it,” said school board president Michael Voelker. “We congratulate the committee on securing private donations to repay the bond without the use of tax dollars, fulfilling our promise to the community.”
Batten hopes to begin Phase II of the project the spring of 2017, which includes:
● two baseball fields at PHS
● two softball fields at PHS
● three tennis courts
● more practice fields
● re-excavation of the PCMS soccer complex
Additional fundraising efforts for Phase II will begin in early 2017, which will include:
● The option to buy a seat at Saputo Stadium, Pulaski Community Middle School Stadium, and the band seating at Saputo, or at future PHS facilities coming in Phase II. Costs range between $100 and $300 depending on the location in the stadium, with the cost decreasing going out toward the end zone from the middle of the stadium. Donors will have their names inscribed on the seat.
● The option to buy naming rights for future sports complexes.
● The option to become a member of the Legacy Club, which is limited to 100 members who pledge $10,000 over five years, whose names will be inscribed on the Legacy Wall at Saputo Stadium.
Other recognized levels of donations are also available. For more information, visit www.RedRaiderFuture.org or contact Janel Batten at 920-822-6705.