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Established in 1958, the San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club is the oldest arena curling club in the United States. SFBACC is a nationally-recognized leader in curling development, providing learning opportunities, youth scholarships, competitive development, recreational leagues, corporate and private events, and more. We have already taught thousands of Bay Area residents to curl in the year since the 2014 Olympics. Now, we are raising funds to build a dedicated curling center right here in the Bay Area so that we can take these programs to the next level. Will you join us?

Last Week in Dedicated Ice

It’s been a busy week or so in the world of dedicated ice—read on for the latest!

Construction

Permits are happening! Earlier this week, we submitted paperwork for our Conditional Use Permit (CUP), which allows the City of Oakland to consider the compatibility of our intended use (spoiler alert: a curling club) with the surrounding neighborhood. The required documents will also form the basis of our application for a building permit, which will be filed in parallel so that we can minimize the total time needed for permitting. Altogether we are hoping to have the approvals necessary to begin construction in early 2018.

Fundraising

Our fundraising efforts are beginning, and we’re thrilled to note that since we kicked off our monthly recurring donation drive, we’ve already raised more than $4500 from members. If you aren’t participating yet, what are you waiting for? Even $10 per month goes a long way (and gets you a special pin)!  We’ve also started offering our expansive parking lot to sports fans during Raiders (and soon Warriors) games—and we’re getting pretty good at it, raising more than $1800 across two dates so far. We’re making great progress on upcoming plans to engage friends & family, former members, the larger curling community, and potential corporate supporters as we expand our reach—so stay tuned.

Events

We’re hosting a bonspiel (sort of)! Save the date of November 18th for a “Nonspiel” at the new building. It’ll be all the fun of a bonspiel without the curling, and a great opportunity to check out the new place. This family-friendly event will kick-off at 2PM and continue throughout the evening. There will be games, food, beer and wine, raffles, curling games on the big screen, and a fun dodgeball tournament with prizes! Bring your family, friends, and anyone else who is interested in our new facility. Registration details are coming soon. Hope to see you there!

What Else

The little things matter, too. Members of the Dedicated Ice committee have been actively making arrangements for building security, waste management, internet access, and more.

How You Can Help

Want to get involved? Join the fun! Whether you’re able to offer your volunteerism, supplies & materials, or just a personal connection to someone who might be able to help make the dream happen, we want to hear from you! Reach out at ice@bayareacurling.com to get in touch.

We hope you’re as thrilled as we are with the progress so far. There’s much more to come.


A Little Goes A Long Way

Together we’ve raised over a quarter million dollars for dedicated ice—an amazing achievement. But we’ve still got a long way to go.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be focusing on simple ways you can help, from fundraising tips to volunteer opportunities. One of the little ways you can make a big impact right now is by setting up a recurring monthly donation for a small amount. Pick an amount your pockets won’t miss too much and “set it and forget it.” Your contribution will be deducted monthly, just like your Spotify subscription, and of course you’ll still receive a receipt for tax time.

Click here to set up a recurring donation >>

Small contributions like this add up. In fact, if 100 people sign up to contribute $25 a month (that's one spare fee!), we'll raise $15,000 just from small, automatic donations your wallet won’t miss.

Are you in? Donate monthly >>


It's official! We've signed the lease!

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The San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club's Board of Directors is excited to announce that we have executed a lease on the property located at 8450 Enterprise Way in Oakland! I would like to give a huge thank you to everyone involved in finding, researching, and negotiating this property including Brian D, Bill M, Sean F, Ann D, and our brokers at Newmark Cornish & Carey. An additional thank you goes out to Sean F, Alex B, and Dave S for donating their professional services during this process. And finally another thank you goes to everyone who has worked on, believed in, or contributed to this dream in one way or another over the past 4+ years, especially Wes S, Brian P, Brent H, Tom D, and Barry I. We wouldn't have made it to this point had you not laid the groundwork.

We are incredibly enthusiastic about everything this opportunity will bring - better ice and ice times, expanded programs for junior, wheelchair, and competitive development, significantly increased membership capacity, and a permanent place for members to gather. The next steps are to submit our application for a Conditional Use Permit to the city of Oakland, engage our architect, Wade Ellenberger, to draw up site plans for building permits, and of course continue our fundraising efforts. More information will follow in the coming weeks about how you can help. In the meantime, please contact ice@bayareacurling.com if you have access to discounted or donated services, equipment, or materials that may be of use during construction.

We'll begin arranging for members to tour the building soon. Lease commencement is October 1st.

Good curling,
Sarah Walsh
President, SFBACC


SFBACC votes to move forward with lease on Enterprise Way

Tonight, following the conclusion of a successful member vote, the Board of Directors voted to move forward with signing a lease on the property located at 8450 Enterprise Way in Oakland. We're excited to continue to move forward with this property The next step is to execute the lease!