On Sunday, October 17 we held a reception to recognize donors and introduce the need for restoration of the historic indoor swimming pool and surrounding area. Foundation President Robin Heller introduced the campaign and outlined the need, which was reinforced by a presentation from Vince Dattilo, advisor to the Foundation. Following remarks by DYC Commodore John Tompkins, longtime benefactor Jim Anderson spoke about his personal connection to historic restoration and announced the continuation of the matching gift program underwritten by Jim and his wife, Patti.
Necessary maintenance and repairs of this unique space have been deferred for too long, as other needs took priority for donated Foundation funds. The result is there are nearly 20 areas in need of repair or restoration, including roof leaks, damaged windows and framing, pool deck drains that leak in the ladies’ locker room, crumbling ceiling panels, and rust and corrosion in the ceiling steel and pool fixtures.
We have created a special recognition program to honor those who participate in the Natatorium Restoration Campaign. Our recognition program follows the medals awarded to swimmers and other Olympians, taking into account that some win multiple medals. Recognition will be based on the total of pledges made for 2021 and 2022 toward the Natatorium.
Combined 2-Year Pledges/Donations