PIC `You made it happen’ event invites public Oct. 20

If you have taken a drive down Highland Avenue lately, you may have noticed the big change on the corner of Highland and Douglas Drive. The Plymouth Intergenerational Center construction is well under way.

“It is truly a ‘dream come true’! I get comments almost every day from people who say, `It’s finally happening, all the hard work has paid off,’” said the PIC board president, Marsha Vollbrecht.

“This is the culmination of a great vision, with people who believe in that vision and have worked very hard to make it happen. This project will benefit the entire county through intergenerational activities, focused on wellness, and offering a place where the generations can learn from one another, serve one another, and work together to benefit the entire community,” Vollbrecht continued.

“It absolutely warms my heart every time I go by the construction site, knowing how an entire community came together to meet the needs of our seniors, young people, and the underserved.”

Construction began in May of this year after the coalition met the deadline to raise $3.8 million by April 15. The wet spring and early summer put them four weeks behind, but Steve Schmitt from Jos. Schmitt Construction said they will be able to make up most of those weeks during the winter.

“The center should be opening in April/May of next year,” Schmitt said.

The coalition has received tremendous support from the community, both financially and with in-kind donations.

“Many business people and the Plymouth Trust of the United Way recognized the value that this type of an opportunity presents to Plymouth and were happy to support building this facility,” said Joann Van Horn Wieland, vice president of the PIC board.

The coalition is ramping up to finish off their campaign. Once the “building start” goal was made, the focus shifted to getting the bids finalized, selections made, and work started on the project. The coalition also had to manage the federal grant administration and ensure that all the requirements of the grant were being met.

Now that most of those decisions have been finalized, they are focusing their attention back on finishing the capital campaign. They need to raise $850,000 to open the center debt-free.

“Our goal was always to open the facility debt-free so that we eliminated the loan payment and could use the money to hire a director for the facility to organize intergenerational programming,” said Martha Laning, the coalition’s executive director.

To celebrate their success so far, the coalition is planning a celebration at Amore in Plymouth called “You Made It Happen.” The party is Oct. 20, with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. and a short presentation at 6:30 p.m.

Mark Richardson from the state of Wisconsin Commerce Department will be there to present PIC with a ceremonial check for the $1,010,000 grant they received. Many local government representatives are expected to be there, too. PIC is hoping all their supporters will join them to celebrate.

“The whole community is invited to celebrate our success Oct. 20. If it wasn’t for the support of the many businesses, community members and organizations, the PIC project would not have succeeded – Together We Made It Happen. So please join us Oct. 20,” said Jeannie Turicik, the coordinator of the event.”

Please RSVP to infor@plymouth intergenerational.org or their office at 920-892-4858.

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