Good News for Brickworks
Posted November 23, 2012 at 5:26 am by Tim Dustrude
Brickworks Receives $100,000 Matching Donation Pledge
NOVEMBER 20, 2012 — The San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild is delighted to announced its receipt of a new major $100,000 matching donation pledge to help pay for building renovations at its Brickworks site in the core of Friday Harbor, San Juan Island. Under the terms of this pledge, for every donation contributed by others up to $100,000, the anonymous pledge donors will contribute a like amount to the Capital Campaign now underway.
When completely matched, the resulting $200,000 will represent a major step towards the Guild’s initial goal of $430,000 to complete both the building renovation and the addition of a commercial kitchen. “This amazingly generous contribution by a local island resident family provides a major boost to our fundraising activities”, said Susie Wampler, Ag Guild board member helping to spearhead the funding campaign. “Coming hard on the heels of several other major recent contributions and pledge commitments, we are fired up by the extraordinary support we are receiving from the community for the Brickworks Project.”
The Ag Guild Capital Campaign’s overall goal of $800,000 will not only cover all the planned renovations and additions, but also pay off the original loan taken out when purchasing the property. Achieving this will help make the project self-sustaining through rental fees and proceeds from other events undertaken by the Guild or others at Brickworks.
“Through extraordinary leadership grants and pledges such as this, along with the growing number of donations and in-kind contributions by an enthusiastic group of volunteers, our objective of having the building up and running by next summer is now clearly in sight,” said Wampler.
The Brickworks Project represents a centerpiece for the Ag Guild’s mission to foster a vibrant and sustainable local food system in San Juan County, Washington, through technical and financial support to the agricultural community, consumer education, and advocacy on behalf of consumers and agricultural producers. When completed, it will also serve as a significant economic driver for the island’s economy, bringing new life and sense of community to a previously underdeveloped and neglected part of the Friday Harbor downtown area.
For information on volunteering and donating, visit www.fhbrickworks.com or write to info (at) fhbrickworks.com.
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