Readers Respond

Monday, September 26, 2005

Letters to the Pilot

Don't be overwhelmed; just give to AWAYSIS


AWAYSIS is one gigantic project for Storm Lake, and at times it may be somewhat overwhelming to the average citizen. After all, we are talking about a $30 million investment in a lakeshore destination park that has many facets and challenges to go along with the spectacular opportunity it presents.

As we complete AWAYSIS Pledge Week in Storm Lake, it might be the right time to consider the project in simpler terms - especially when it comes to pondering a substantial donation to help make AWAYSIS a reality.

Look at it this way: What if there were no AWAYSIS project, but the city simply wanted to build a new outdoor swimming pool for kids and families? Chances are there would be a fund drive along with city tax money to help pay for it. Chances are the average Storm Lake family would dig pretty deep to support it.

That's just one item - a swimming pool.

Now consider what will happen with AWAYSIS. You not only get an outdoor pool (actually better than that, a state-of-the-art water park), but you also get a lodge/restaurant with indoor water park, family playground park, new beach, lighthouse observation tower, Great Lawn, expanded camping, condos, cabins for rent by the lake, a revamped golf course and much more.

So we ask you to consider this: Stop and think what you might have donated if the project was only a swimming pool for kids. Now think of what your donation returns to you with AWAYSIS. Isn't it worth a generous gift?

AWAYSIS is a huge, somewhat complex project, but a good one. It will bring jobs, tourism, economic development, more recreational opportunities and an enhanced quality of life for Storm Lake. It will put us on the regional map as a beautiful, progressive city on the move.

And it will make a terrific place to live even better.

During the last six months, more than 200 Storm Lake businesses, individuals and foundations have "dug deep" and pledged more than $1.7 million to make AWAYSIS work. Right now, some 70 volunteers are calling on their friends and neighbors for pledges.

Please join them and pledge what you can to make AWAYSIS a reality when you are asked by a volunteer, or when you receive information in the mail. Buy an engraved brick for your family, or pledge even more if you can.

AWAYSIS good for Storm Lake. Let all of us, together, make it happen!

- Craig Fratzke and Dick Hakes

Co-Chairmen, Community Gifts Division,

AWAYSIS Capital Campaign