Swimming pool fundraiser at Blue Goose Feb. 27

By: Kelsey Carter, Special to the Loomis News
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Residents of the Loomis Basin will have the opportunity to attend a fundraiser for the Del Oro High School community pool next week, on behalf of Liz Scherer’s senior project. The Del Oro Community Pool has needed repairs for many years. The money will go directly to repairing the pool and expanding it to fit the growing demands of people who go there for swimming lessons and competitions. “The pool is very run down. It is literally falling apart,” Liz said. “Tiles are falling off the sides, plaster is coming off the bottom, and the heater breaks constantly.” The barbecue dinner and dance will take place Saturday, Feb. 27, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Blue Goose packing shed in Loomis. There will be a dinner dance, silent auction and a no-host bar. Tickets for the event are $30 per person and are available from Cindy York in the Del Oro office, as well as from Scherer. Table sponsors are also available for $500 and include 8 tickets, a table ad, and 2 bottles of wine. Due to the current condition of the pool it became very apparent to Liz that something needed to be done to help restore the Del Oro pool. “No one’s raised money for the pool yet, so I decided to be the first one to do so,” she said. “All donations will be greatly appreciated … Of course one fundraiser isn’t enough to repair the entire pool, but it is one step to making change happen.” Joe Hancock, a Del Oro teacher and swim coach, is very hopeful that the fundraiser will help with pool repairs. “I am really excited about it. We have had groups funding for a new pool before, but I think that this time, people realize the situation is dire and they are more energized to get going on this,” he said. In the future if enough money is raised, Del Oro hopes to expand the pool, doubling its size and adding things such as a couple of slides. An aquatic center in Loomis could benefit the students at Del Oro as well as people in the community. “I realize that these are very difficult economic times and so we are not expecting excessively extravagant donations, but if you could find something someone else in our community might find to be great value to them, I hope that you will consider donating it to help ensure success of our silent auction,” Liz said.