Open House scheduled for new East Lambton Community Complex!

 The East Lambton Community Complex (ELCC) Fundraising Committee launched the public phase of its fundraising campaign Monday in Watford by announcing it has surpassed the halfway mark of its $2Million goal.

 Campaign Co-Chairs George and Rhonda Noll acknowledged all donors to date, thanking them for their support of the project.

 “We were so optimistic about reaching our $2M goal, that we thought we’d share where we are at,” George said, as Rhonda unveiled the progress thermometer. “We are currently at $1.1Million which we were able to raise in a very short amount of time. We’re really impressed with the donations so far. They say the first million is the easiest one, but I don’t’ think that’s the case because we still have a lot of doors to knock on.”

 The Nolls said the committee would not be here without the unwaivering support of the community.

 “Individuals, families, local businesses, former residents, businesses outside our region, service clubs and user groups have all reached out and committed to invest in this facility. Thank you to each and every one of you.”

 The Nolls acknowledged their top donors Lambton Mutual Insurance Co. who have donated $200,000.00 toward the project and the Watford Optimist Club who have donated $100,000.00 toward the new ELCC as well as Deb & Daryl Ayris & Forest Agri Services, Todd & Sandra White and Brookside Retirement Living, The Cornelissen Family and Spriet and Associates who donated $50,000.00.

 Arena upgrades are already complete and include three new accessible dressing rooms, upgrades to existing dressing rooms, new accessible washrooms, accessible rink viewing area, new common area beside canteen and new flooring throughout. The addition to the building, which will replace the Watford Centennial Hall, will include a new gymnasium and community hall boasting a capacity of 750 people and indoor walking track; an outdoor kitchen, a multi-purpose room, YMCA fitness facility which is a joint partnership with the municipality, a new entrance with drop off area and lounge that will feature workstations and lounge seating, and an expanded parking lot to accommodate over 300 vehicles.

 Warwick Township Council set a vision for the project in its Strategic Plan at the start of their term in 2018 and has been working toward it since. Construction commenced early 2021 and is set to be completed later this fall.

 Mayor Jackie Rombouts commended the committee for its work and on behalf of Council thanked everyone who has donated toward the complex.

 “We have such a great committee and I want to thank George and Rhonda for leading this team,” Rombouts said. “Council would like to especially thank all the individuals, families and businesses who have generously donated toward the new East Lambton Community Complex. Every dollar raised goes toward reaching the $2M goal and we plan to reach this goal before opening later this fall.”

ELCC Fundraising Campaign reaches $1.1 Million of $2M Goal!

ELCC committee at fundraising announcement

May 17, 2022 – The East Lambton Community Complex (ELCC) Fundraising Committee launched the public phase of its fundraising campaign Monday in Watford by announcing it has surpassed the halfway mark of its $2Million goal.

Campaign Co-Chairs George and Rhonda Noll acknowledged all donors to date, thanking them for their support of the project.

“We were so optimistic about reaching our $2M goal, that we thought we’d share where we are at,” George said, as Rhonda unveiled the progress thermometer. “We are currently at $1.1Million which we were able to raise in a very short amount of time. We’re really impressed with the donations so far. They say the first million is the easiest one, but I don’t’ think that’s the case because we still have a lot of doors to knock on.”

The Nolls said the committee would not be here without the unwavering support of the community.

“Individuals, families, local businesses, former residents, businesses outside our region, service clubs and user groups have all reached out and committed to invest in this facility. Thank you to each and every one of you.”

The Nolls acknowledged their top donors Lambton Mutual Insurance Co. who have donated $200,000.00 toward the project and the Watford Optimist Club who have donated $100,000.00 toward the new ELCC as well as Deb & Daryl Ayris & Forest Agri Services, Todd & Sandra White and Brookside Retirement Living, The Cornelissen Family and Spriet and Associates who donated $50,000.00.

Accessible dressing rooms, upgrades to existing dressing rooms, new accessible washrooms, accessible rink viewing area, new common area beside canteen and new flooring throughout. The addition to the building, which will replace the Watford Centennial Hall, will include a new gymnasium and community hall boasting a capacity of 750 people and indoor walking track; an outdoor kitchen, a multi-purpose room, YMCA fitness facility which is a joint partnership with the municipality, a new entrance with drop off area and lounge that will feature workstations and lounge seating, and an expanded parking lot to accommodate over 300 vehicles.

Warwick Township Council set a vision for the project in its Strategic Plan at the start of their term in 2018 and has been working toward it since. Construction commenced early 2021 and is set to be completed later this fall.

Mayor Jackie Rombouts commended the committee for its work and on behalf of Council thanked everyone who has donated toward the complex.

“We have such a great committee and I want to thank George and Rhonda for leading this team,” Rombouts said. “Council would like to especially thank all the individuals, families and businesses who have generously donated toward the new East Lambton Community Complex. Every dollar raised goes toward reaching the $2M goal and we plan to reach this goal before opening later this fall.”

ELCC Fundraising committee to make exciting fundraising announcement May 16th. 

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ELCC fundraising committee pledges nearly $250,000 towards project!

WATFORD, ON – The ELCC fundraising campaign launched early January and committee members have pledged $240,000 combined towards the project.

Campaign Co-Chairs George and Rhonda Noll said the committee has invested in this project because it is something each of them are passionate about.

“Our committee members know what positive impact this new facility is going to have on our community,” Rhonda said. “As I’ve said before, everyone is so excited to see this long awaited facility come to fruition. Each of us want to contribute to a centre where we will watch our children, grandchildren, parents and other residents alike build memories for years to come.”

Since the launch of the campaign, the committee has received positive feedback from the community with numerous donations coming in. The Nolls said the committee has a $2 million fundraising goal, and are well on their way to reaching that goal in time for building completion this fall.

"We are so thankful to those who have already pledged to invest in this project and our committee is ready and eager to meet others wanting to do the same," the Nolls said. 

 

The East Lambton Community Complex (ELCC) Campaign Cabinet is ready to go!

George and Rhonda Noll have been named Campaign Co-Chairs for the East Lambton Community Complex (ELCC) Campaign Cabinet. The Campaign Cabinet will lead fundraising efforts to raise $2 million toward the $11.5M project.

Residents of Warwick Township and members of the Rotary Club, the Noll’s are pleased to announce the fundraising team is equipped with key members of the local community who are ready to hit the ground running.

“We have set our goal and we know that the goal is attainable with the Warwick and surrounding area’s support,” Rhonda said. “We are Ready, we are Set, let’s GO.”

Former owner of Acton’s Service Centre Mike Acton, owner of Bebingh Insurance Rick Bebingh, owner of Cornelissen Farms Carolyn Cornelissen, Warwick Fire Dept. Fire Chief Brad Goodhill, Watford Optimist Club members Mark Hamel and Steve Minten along with owner of Rombouts Farm Drainage & Excavating Brad Rombouts, Mayor Jackie Rombouts and owner of Brookside Retirement Living and Warwick Township Councillor Todd White will lead fundraising efforts.

Mayor Jackie Rombouts said council is grateful to those who have stepped up to volunteer their time and energy on this campaign.

“Our committee is full of people who have proven in the past that they know how to get a job done,” Mayor Rombouts said. “We are so excited to have such committed community volunteers who feel passionate about this project and the amenities it will bring to the community.”

Features of the addition include arena upgrades: three new accessible dressing rooms, upgrades to existing dressing rooms, new accessible washrooms, and a new common area beside the canteen. The addition on the south end of the building will include a new gymnasium and banquet hall with an astounding capacity of 750 that will feature a dividing wall, walking track along the perimeter and a new kitchen and bar. There will also be a multi-purpose room with a 65-person capacity, YMCA fitness room and partnership, a lounge area, and outdoor kitchen to name a few!

Mayor Rombouts said many people and businesses who live in or serve the Warwick community have approached members of council who are eager to help out.

In 2020, Warwick Township Council voted in favour to expand and renew the Watford Community Arena and Watford Centennial Hall by approving an $11.5M renewal of the Watford Community Arena and a new, multi-purpose facility. Construction began in the spring of 2021 and is set for completion by November 2022.

“Council can’t wait to see the finished product and to attend events in this new facility. It is so exciting to drive by and see the new building take shape,” she said.

Anyone interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities can contact any of the committee members, can call George and Rhonda Noll at 226-980-6422 or email: elcccampaign@warwicktownship.ca

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