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The Shell Rock Diving for Dollars campaign recently received two substantial gifts toward its fundraising efforts for a new aquatic facility. The MidAmerican Energy Foundation and Butler Bremer Communications each recently made $10,000 gifts toward the project, bringing the group closer to their goal of $2.65 million.

Corrie Ramige, Co-Chair of the campaign explains “We are so pleased to see local businesses supporting this project. We appreciate their recognition of the positive impact the aquatic center will have on our community for years to come. Their investment in the Shell Rock community speaks volumes.”

The new facility will feature a zero-depth entry which allows for increased accessibility, a larger and more efficient bath house, more deep water swim area, additional water surface and deck space, as well as a slide, diving board, volleyball net and basketball hoops.

The committee is in the process of finalizing facility plans and preparing to put out bids to local contractors. To-date, the committee has raised over $2.4 million of the $2.65 million needed. The group hopes to have raised enough money to break ground in the fall of 2019 and open the new facility in June of 2020.

On Saturday, June 29th, the Splash Dash 5K will be held at 7am at McCague Park 614 E. Jackson Street Shell Rock. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first male and female overall, and medals will be awarded to the first through third place runners in each age group. Participants can register on the Diving for Dollars website at https://sites.google.com/view/diving-for-dollars or by picking up a registration form at the Shell Rock City Hall. Those who register on or before June 14th will receive a complimentary Splash Dash T-shirt.

If, at any time, a community member, group, or business would like to make a gift, they can do so one of three ways:

1) Mail a check to “Diving for Dollars” PO Box 522 Shell Rock, IA 50670.

2) Donate online via PayPal or credit card at https://sites.google.com/view/diving-for-dollars.

3) Drop off donations at Security State Bank or Shell Rock City Hall.