By STEVE EIGHINGER
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Fundraising has generated more than half of the $20,000 needed to keep the Jackson-Lincoln Swimming Complex open for the rest of the season.
Two additional fundraisers scheduled for Saturday will help move the effort close to the final figure.
"The community's generosity has been unbelievable," spokesman Sara Reuschel said. "There has been an overwhelming response."
Jackson-Lincoln was required to make physical changes to be ADA compliant, including the addition of a $4,700 step system. The complex also was required to replace its 15-year-old filtration system at a cost of $7,500. Those expenditures, coupled with a shortfall in private and in-kind donations this year, have caused the gap in the budget.
Reuschel said the pool now is guaranteed to stay open through the end of July.
"Hopefully, we'll be able to raise the rest of the money and keep it open through (the middle of August)," she said.
The two fundraisers Saturday are a community event at the pool and a jazz cruise on the Mississippi River.
The "Unity in the Community Festival" is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the swimming complex, 701 N. Eighth. Admittance is free.
The jazz cruise will be on the Mark Twain Riverboat with music by Ben Bumbry and the Messengers, featuring Barbara Holiday. A convoy from Quincy will leave at 7:45 p.m. and arrive at the riverboat at 8:30. Cost is $25 per person. For more information, contact Cedric Allen at (217) 316-2020.
"These events are a great way to continue to raise money for the pool while also offering two unique events," Bumbry, the executive director of the Jackson-Lincoln Complex, said. "We are so grateful to the community, which has been unbelievably supportive since we announced our funding shortfall.
"We are just shy of what's needed to keep the pool open for the remainder of the season, and our hope is these two events will be what secure it."