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It has been said that giving is a powerful experience. When you give, you make a difference. How can you make a difference in our community?

The LAP – Let’s All Pledge – fund-raising campaign for an aquatic center at the Glenwood Springs Community Center provides you with a perfect opportunity.

The city of Glenwood Springs has moved forward to provide the 15,000 citizens of Glenwood Springs, and the surrounding areas, with a facility we can be proud of. However, it is not yet complete.

The LAP campaign has been a grassroots effort, led by a varied group of individuals who saw the need for the addition of an indoor aquatic facility. We attached ourselves to a philanthropic vehicle – the Two Rivers Community Foundation (2RCF) – to respond to this need. And we sought the support of the city to ensure that they will build it now. All this represents a collective effort to strengthen the community in which we live, work and play.

The success of our campaign would ultimately show the Roaring Fork Valley that by working together we can achieve greater things for the benefit of all. You can be part of the whole by placing your pledge form in the mail now.

A prior donor wrote, “Every community should have a public pool.” I agree.

I believe that every child, teen, adult and senior should know how to swim; or at least to experience the pleasure of movement through water, however defined your stroke may be.

And I believe, undoubtedly, that our community can support this grassroots effort. However, to be effective, all must be given the power to support it.

We are blessed to live among the Rocky Mountains, and its rivers. Most of us are blessed enough to realize it.

I am asking you to give back to your community in a way that you haven’t been asked before. We need to support the aquatic center financially. The Community Center is a great asset; we need to continue to expand its resources.

Payment on pledges is not due until the city breaks ground, and then they can be paid out over a four-year period. An aquatic center will be a big plus for all in Glenwood Springs. Please be generous.

The 11,000-square-foot indoor facility will be built connecting to the northeast wall of the gym at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. It will incorporate a pool for public and competitive swim programs, a water-play area for the leisure crowd, a one-meter diving board, zero-depth entry for elderly and handicapped access, and a deep end for aerobic, diving or SCUBA classes.

The addition of the community pool will increase public access to such important programs as learn to swim, water safety and lifesaving. New activities could range from water polo and water volleyball to family swim and teen nights.

Let’s show the best of what we are. Take a LAP for the betterment of your community. Experience the power of giving.

Send your pledge to LAP, Let’s All Pledge, P.O. Box 1581, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602.

Terri Miller of Glenwood Springs is fund-raising chairwoman with Let’s All Pledge.

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