Citizens State Bank, Wimmer family donate total of $208,000 to Nielsen Center
Thursday, 16 January 2014 15:47
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014 15:49
The West Point Auditorium Foundation, the organization that has committed to funding the construction of the Nielsen Community Center, has received two major donations in recent weeks.
Citizens State Bank of Wisner and West Point has contributed $100,000 to the foundation, and the Wimmer family has added another $108,000.
Steve Paus, president of the foundation, announced the gifts this week.
“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of these two donors,” he said.
“It’s appropriate to note that they represent the oldest and the newest supporters of the community center. Long before it was built, Harold Wimmer and George Wimmer, Sr. had the foresight to establish a fund for maintenance and repairs of a future center. And now, Citizens State Bank has recognized the value of the Nielsen Center to our community.”
The original document creating the Capital Maintenance Fund was signed in April of 1999 by George and Harold Wimmer, as well as their wives, Ilse and Dolores.
That was about seven years before construction on the Nielsen Community Center began.
Paus said the Foundation is proud of the fact that virtually all of the cost of the Nielsen Center, as well as the Jake and Shirley Weber Education Center, has been paid by local donors.
“Nearly ten years ago, our foundation committed to funding the construction cost of this building, approximately $5.5 million, and we are very near meeting that goal, with only about a quarter million to go,” Paus said.
He said efforts continue to solicit those dollars, and that when the goal is met, “we will endeavor to support the center with upgrades like more paved parking and other needed features.”
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