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  • Westlake Aquatic Center is halfway to goal to cover repair costs and upgrades

  • The Westlake Aquatic Center's "100 Helping Hands" campaign is halfway to the finish line. The center kicked off the campaign in May to raise $10,000 to cover the cost of repairs to a broken boiler and upgrades to the center. The "100 Helping Hands" campaign asks 100 people to give $100.
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  • The Westlake Aquatic Center's "100 Helping Hands" campaign is halfway to the finish line. The center kicked off the campaign in May to raise $10,000 to cover the cost of repairs to a broken boiler and upgrades to the center. The "100 Helping Hands" campaign asks 100 people to give $100.
    As of June 16, $5,905 had been raised towards the $10,000 goal. The Westside community has given generously to the campaign, including members from the Lady Elks, the Lake of the Ozarks Corvette Club, the West Lake Newcomers Club and more. According to center board member Lucy Silliman, the aquatic center will continue to take donations of any size, up to Monday, Sept. 1.
    Silliman says she is passionate about the pool because it has been the source of her and her husband Marvin's good health. The Sillimans are in their 70's and they heading out this week to go hiking, biking and kayaking in Maine.
    "You have to get old, you might as well be healthy and enjoy your life while you are doing it," says Lucy. "And the pool is a great way to stay healthy."
    The mission of the aquatic center is to improve the health and quality of life of residents and visitors of all ages by providing physical fitness, rehabilitation, education and social opportunities in a safe and environmentally-friendly facility that is accessible to all
    "We hope the folks in our community will help us to meet our goal," Siliman says.
    Donations to the aquatic center are tax deductible. For more information, call 573-374-7370. Checks may be sent to P.O. Box 1532 Laurie, MO 65038.
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