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Community centre campaign off to a $1-million start ​

PELHAM – May 17, 2017 –  Gary Accursi can remember back in the 1970s when proponents for a new arena in town came knocking on his door.

[Photo Caption: The Accursi family was out en masse last week as Dr. Gary Accursi and his wife Mall were celebrated for a $300,000 contribution to the ongoing construction of a new Pelham Community Centre. – Steve Henschel/Metroland]

While he’s now a town councillor, at the time the dentist was still fairly new to town. He moved to Pelham 44 years ago. He decided to chip in to that fundraising campaign. As he recalls it was about $10 he contributed to the Pelham Arena that now sits on Haist Street.

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Thanks A Million, Pelham! Donor Announcement

PELHAM – May 12, 2017 – PRESS RELEASE

The Town of Pelham announced that over $1 million in gifts have been confirmed to the Pelham Community Centre’s (PCC) $3 million dollar fundraising campaign. An intimate celebration event was held on May 11, 2017, at Peninsula Lakes Golf Club to recognize several respected community leaders and organizations for their outstanding generosity.

The Pelham Community Centre will become central to the community fabric of Pelham and the Niagara Region. This multi-purpose lifestyle hub will offer Pelham residents an opportunity to engage in sports & athletics, personal wellness classes, art activities, and community events in a state-of-the art 143,000 sq ft facility, opening in 2018 at the corner of HWY 20 and Rice Road.

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Pelham looking ahead to a year of growth

PELHAM — For Mayor Dave Augustyn 2017 will be the year to build on the best-laid plans in Pelham.

“We’re now in the growth phase, we’ve done a lot of the planning,” said Augustyn, explaining that the town should see an explosion in development of sorts in the area of east-Fonthill.

The east-Fonthill development, first approved for urban development under a new official plan in 2014, is comprised of 450 acres to the south of Highway 20 and west of Rice Road. Developing the land began in 2015 but Augustyn said 2017 will be the year that the projects in the area will begin to take shape.

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Pelham community centre lands $400,000 in support

PELHAM — The fundraising efforts for Pelham’s new $36.2 million community centre.

Last week the city held an event recognizing the first three donors to the community fundraising campaign that will fill a $3 million hole in the construction budget of the currently-under-construction centre. In total $400,000 worth of donations were announced last week from three donors: Trillium Mutual Insurance Company to the tune of $25,000; Duliban Insurance for $125,000; and Accipiter Radar Technologies Inc. for $250,000.

“This sort of signifies the start,” said Mayor Dave Augustyn, explaining the three gifts point to the excitement and support in the community for the project that will bring a new twin-pad arena and other community facilities to east Fonthill.

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Amazing Community Support!

Last Thursday, we celebrated two very generous local family businesses for donating significant funds to support the new Pelham Community Centre.

Thanks to the incredible generosity of Dr. Tim Nohara and his company, Accipiter Radar Technologies, “Arena A” will be named the “Accipiter Arena.” Accipiter donated $250,000 to the Community Centre’s capital fundraising campaign. The Accipiter Arena will feature an NHL-size ice surface with a 1,000-seat spectator area. This arena will be capable of hosting major sporting events, tradeshows, concerts, and other commercial affairs.

Dr. Nohara re-located Accipiter Radar Technologies from Waterloo to Pelham in 1995 and, through hard work and diligence, developed the company into a global leader in advanced avian and security radar technologies.

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First Pelham Community Centre Donations Announced

The Town of Pelham announced several major gifts to the Pelham Community Centre’s $3 million dollar fundraising campaign at an intimate event at the Old Pelham Town Hall to recognize a number of Niagara Region individuals and organizations for their generous contributions to the new Centre.

Designed with the many needs of the Pelham and Niagara community in mind, the new Pelham Community Centre is slated to become the central destination for health and wellness, sports, recreation, private and corporate events.

The new Centre is currently in the first phase of the capital and community fundraising campaign, with a goal to raise $3 million of the $36.2 million needed to complete the construction of the Pelham Community Centre. Several eminent individuals and organizations have already stepped forward to pledge their support for the Centre.

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Fundraising campaign gets underway

The first phase of the fundraising project, with a goal of raising $3 million of the $36.2 million needed to complete the construction of the brand new Pelham Community Centre, has officially started. Individuals, community organizations, local businesses and companies are presented with naming opportunities for specific spaces in the beautiful new community centre, giving these donors a first chance to be recognized for their gift and demonstrate their continued support of the Pelham community and Niagara Region.

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Recreational activities a benefit to entire community

The Pelham Community Centre promises to have a significant positive impact on the Town of Pelham and the larger Niagara region. Several community groups have already expressed interest in making use of the new facilities including the municipality, Pelham Minor Hockey, Niagara Centre Skating Club, Pelham Panthers Hockey, Faith Tabernacle Hockey, several Old-timers’ leagues, and the Fonthill and District Kinsmen.

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