East Chapel Hill High School: News: Capital Projects Fundraising: Update 10.21.2012

Sunday, October 21
Capital Projects Fundraising: Update 10.21.2012

Hello Wildcat Nation!

I wanted to tell you about two fundraising efforts going on; one is the Dave Thaden track fund and the other involves efforts to transition from grass to turf at Wildcat Stadium and at the adjacent practice field.

The Dave Thaden track fund was established more than four years ago to coincide with the refurbishing of the track surface slated for 2012. Unfortunately, because of budget issues, the refurbishing of the track has been pushed back by the Lincoln Center and at this juncture, we believe funds will be allocated in the 2013-2014 budget. The funds we raise will go toward the addition of a synthetic overlay for the asphalt track, allowing the student body a more forgiving surface resulting in less impact and trauma to students’ knees, ankles, shins, hips, etc. Dave Thaden, past principal at East from 1996 to 2009, was kind enough to lend his name to our efforts. Our goal is to raise 75 thousand dollars to cover the costs of the overlay, and with pledges and donations, we’re almost half way there. Look for this project to ramp up as the budget becomes clearer.

A second project entails a significant effort by the Capital Campaign Committee to raise in excess of 1.5 million dollars to transition the grass fields at the Stadium and the adjacent practice field to synthetic turf. The idea of grass fields surviving the heat, and the wear and tear from so many East varsity and junior varsity teams and East P.E. classes is no longer tenable. In addition, the maintenance costs associated with the upkeep of the two fields, are the compelling reasons for the transition. The Capital Campaign Committee is chaired by John Bussian and an executive committee has been named. In addition, a number of East parents have already joined the Capital Campaign Committee. Our first round of fundraising has been identified as “25 for 25"; 25 donors at 25 thousand dollars each. John’s feelings are that reaching the goal of “25 for 25" signals to potential high value donors, who will be contacted during our second round of fundraising, that these efforts are attainable and this fund is indeed worthy of their attention.

There will be more communiques via facebook, twitter and of course E-Blast. I wanted to, at the very least, bring East nation up to speed on the latest in our fundraising efforts.


Jay Kennihan
Booster Club President, ECHHS