A capital campaign has launched seeking to raise $1.75 million for the center, which will be built on the open land where the Ellie Pomplas Playground now sits (the playground will be moved). Once they hit the $1 million mark, construction will begin.
"The overwhelmingly positive response by the vast majority of parishioners to move forward with this project is deeply encouraging and moving to me," said Fr. Angelo Citino in a letter to parishioners. "After much research and reflection, we believe that this is a reasonable goal for the parish to achieve. We have developed a project budget that is reflective of this financial goal, hoping that if we exceed this goal, we can pursue some “wish list” items."
According to Citino's letter, the advantages of creating the new community center include:
- An entrance and facilities that are handicapped accessible
- A transformative gymnasium space that can accommodate our school children, CYO and PREP students, as well as our Senior Citizens and large group events
- Meeting space that is comfortable and prayerful, appropriate for gatherings of ministries, organizations and small programs
- A kitchen space large enough to service events held in the parish community center
- Overall adequate facilities and space to accommodate and welcome the entire Nativity Parish community as our guests
Anyone interested in donating money to the effort can contact the parish at (215) 675-1925. The campaign brochure suggests payment timetables for three-year and five-year pledges ranging from $1,080 to $100,000. Certain amounts also give donors an opportunity to memorialize certain aspects of the building, including $200,000 for naming rights of the center, $50,000 for the lobby, $7,500 for the scoreboard and $5,000 for the volleyball net.
A Tree of Life will also be located in the lobby that will feature inscriptions provided by donors on either leaves or rocks, depending on the donation amount:
- One leaf is available for $1,080
- $3,600 gets a leaf with one star
- $5,000 is worth a leaf with two stars
- A small rock costs $7,500
- A medium rock costs $10,000
- A large rock costs $25,000 or more.