With support of the Grant County Community Foundation and local community, the Marion Parks & Recreation Department has successfully raised funds needed to put in tennis court lighting and pickleball courts in Marion.
The effort was driven by Parks & Recreation Director of Programming & Events, Julie Fauser. “I love to see the community come together to bring quality-of-life improvements to Marion. I’m excited that we can run more tournaments and leagues, and be able to enjoy both pickleball and tennis courts day and night,” expressed Fauser.
The Community Foundation had selected Parks & Recreation as one of four groups that got to participate in a crowdfunding match program. Fauser had two months to raise funds for the project. She raised $39,192, exceeding the maximum match dollars of $20,000 from the Foundation, bringing total project funding to $59,192.
In her crowdfunding efforts, a notably generous donation was given through a trust of the late Jules Walker, the founder of MHS’s tennis program, coach, and hall-of-famer. Walker was instrumental in bringing the first tennis courts to Marion in the 1950s. The City of Marion sincerely thanks Walker’s executive team for the gracious gift, as well as generous donations received from: Atlas Foundry Foundation, Inc; James R. Sutter Revocable Trust; Tripp Gorman Community Impact Fund; Marion General Hospital; Drs. Shankaran & Devasena Srikanth; Insurance Management Group; McCoy Property Management; Beacon Credit Union; Rick Hiatt; Marion Tire, Inc.; Venu G., Kumar, & Dr. Supriya S. Oddiraju; Kavita, Sehgal & Shiv K. Raj; Martin Plumbing, Heating, & A/C, Inc.; Mike & Karen Roorbach; Lana Glickfield; Robert Lucas; Terry R. Porter; Nagesha Anjinappa; Dr. JitendraI. Patel, M.D. & Nirupama J. Patel; Albert C. Harker; Mark & Hope Spitzer; William L. & Jan M. Beekman; PAS of Indiana dba New Haven Tan; Dr. Monica Rajmaira; Tim & Mary Eckerle; Jessica O’Neal; and Vern E. & Christina Lynn Rumple. The City also salutes the in-kind support received from Indiana Wesleyan University; Jim Swan with Marion Steel; Rex Collins Electric, Inc.; IMI; and Kyle’s MAB Paints.
Mayor Jess Alumbaugh gratefully expressed, “This is a perfect example of what can be accomplished when the community comes together for a worthy cause.”
Fauser said they hope to have the six pickleball courts in place behind the existing tennis courts complete with overall lighting by the fall.
Pickleball is a paddle sport combining elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. Learn more at www.usapa.org.
The announcement of all local efforts funded through the Community Foundation’s first crowdfunding match program is found in their press release, attached.