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Jeff Wallin places a bid during the silent auction at the Perkins County Pool Project Committee’s $50,000 Challenge Banquet on Saturday, Feb. 11. The silent auction raised $1,255.

Challenge Banquet sells out; raises funds and awareness

By Brooke Pankonin

Grant Tribune Sentinel

A sold-out crowd of 140 attended the Perkins County Pool Project Committee’s (PCPPC) $50,000 Challenge Banquet on Saturday, Feb. 11. 

The event raised $38,213.62, with $11,213 being raised that evening alone. The committee was extremely pleased with the event, and they will continue to work toward their $50,000 goal for the anonymous donor to match. 

“We received positive feedback from the attendees and good questions. We feel the majority of Perkins County supports the aquatic center,” said PCPPC President Lisa Schmitt. 

During the event, Larry Steele of Miller and Associates presented their study of the current pool and answered questions from attendees. Questions included the added costs of adding a high diving board (approximately $100k to increase depth), the cost of an indoor pool ($8-10 million), the width of the lanes (seven feet), the number of lifeguards that will be needed (five), the time frame for the build (approximately one year), and others.

Steele explained there are alternates built into the project that can be taken out if the project comes in over budget.

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