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  • High School to Sell Long-Dormant Skyboxes for Games

    by Tiffany Holland tiffany.holland@roanoke.com July 2014

    It's not uncommon for Stephen Magenbauer to get stopped in the street by a stranger to discuss football. He's been Salem High School's head football coach for a decade and is well aware of the high school football enthusiasm that exists in the city. "We are fortunate to play football in a place where it is appreciated," he said.

  • Lottery Proceeds to Help Fund Park Synthetic Turf Install

    by Debbie Kelley debbie.kelley@gazette.com - July 2014

    A parent-driven charge to reduce the amount of scrapes and bruises their kids were coming home with is trumpeting victory. By the time school starts in August, a large dirt and rock lot that abuts Gateway Elementary School's playground in Woodland Park School District RE-2 will be a multi-purpose, artificial turf field for school and community use. The Gateway playground, as well as a community playground on school grounds, will be upgraded, all with the help of gambling money.

  • Experienced Fundraiser Looks to Rescue Milwaukee YMCA

    by Georgia Pabst, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel July 2014

    Julie Tolan has spent her career at nonprofit and private institutions working to raise millions of dollars for the arts and higher education efforts. Now she finds herself learning the ropes of bankruptcy as she works with attorneys, the courts and others to help pull the YMCA out of a $29 million hole that nearly sank the 155-year-old Milwaukee institution.

  • Fund Drive Planned for $9M Prep Stadium Renovation

    by Bob Fowler, fowlerb@knoxnews.com July 2014

    OAK RIDGE — An ambitious plan to seek community support for a major overhaul of Jack Armstrong Stadium and Blankenship Field kicks off next month with a fundraising concert, attendees at an Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce event Tuesday were told.

  • Community College Scores $300K Naming Rights Deal

    by Jay Tokasz; News Staff Reporter June 2014

    The name of another car dealership will adorn the football and track stadium on the South Campus of Erie Community College. What has been known for years as Jim Ball Stadium now will be called West Herr Stadium under a new naming rights deal reached between the college and the Hamburg-based West Herr Automotive Group.

  • Bill Cosby Concert Seeks to Save Temple Gymnastics

    by Tom Mahon, Daily News Staff Writer June 2014

    LEAVE IT TO Bill Cosby to turn a sad situation into a laughing matter. Cosby will hold a benefit concert for Temple's men's gymnastics program at the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market streets, on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

  • New Little League Park Result of Sales Tax Passed in '06

    by Michelle Piasecki Special to The Palm Beach Post June 2014

    Workers are putting the final touches on Citrus Grove Park, a new park next to Citrus Grove Elementary School in Palm City, while Martin County's plans are still uncertain for a covered horse arena at Timer Powers Park near Indiantown. Both projects are part of Martin County's capital improvement plan and are partially paid for through park impact fees and the $60 million raised through a half-cent sales tax referendum passed in 2006. Also, both locations could possibly bring in revenue for the county with Timer Powers Park home to the Indiantown Rodeo and Citrus Grove becoming home to the Martin County North Little League and a possible location for future tournaments.

  • Board Approves Raising $600K for UTC Stadium Turf

    by David Paschall June 2014

    Finley Stadium's board of directors continued to firm up plans for a new football field during Tuesday's meeting. Executive director Paul Smith already is targeting a field further down the road. Stadium Corp. members voted for a $600,000 two-year fundraising initiative that could lead to the installation of a new surface by kickoff of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's 2015 football season. Mike Davis oversees capital projects at the 20,668-seat facility and made the motion, which was quickly approved and had the resounding support of board chairman Bryan Patten. "It's an ambitious undertaking," Patten said. "The depreciation of Finley Stadium is largely unfunded. We're almost 18 years old, and stadiums have lives of about 40 years. We have a fabulous facility, and we're trying to recognize the quality of what we have with this two-year fundraising effort.

  • State Grant of $1M to Speed Development of City Park

    by Claudia Boyd-Barrett Special to The Star June 2014

    A community effort to create a public park in Ventura’s Westside neighborhood has moved one big step closer to reality with help from a $1 million state grant.

  • Florida Offers Pro Stadiums More Public Funding Options

    by Christine Stapleton and Joe Capozzi Palm Beach Post Staff Writers June 2014

    Palm Beach County's effort to build a two-team spring training stadium got a boost Friday from Gov. Rick Scott's signing of a bill meant to help professional sports organizations, including soccer and NASCAR, get access to public money to pay for building new stadiums or upgrading current ones. But the stadium bill (HB 7095), which sweetens the existing financing options for constructing spring training stadiums, might not be enough to build the kind of facility the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals want. The county still is waiting to hear back from the teams after telling them in May they need to reduce their preliminary $141 million cost for a stadium in West Palm Beach. The measure was one of 57 bill signings Scott announced Friday.