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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?

January 2018 - Post Holiday Updates

Hello Curlers!

First of all, we want to thank each and every one of you for your support recently, and we hope you had as wonderful a Holiday Season as we did. We've been working hard over the last couple months on the Dedicated Ice effort and would like to update everyone on what we've been working on.

At this point, we have received verbal approval of our Conditional Use Permit (CUP) from our Reviewing Planner at the City of Oakland, and are just waiting on formal approval. The receipt of formal approval will trigger (4) Months FREE RENT from our landlord, and will enable us to submit the Building Permit with the City. We expect the Building Permit to take 2-3 Months to process, and then we'll be able to start Construction!

To date, we have raised around $300,000 towards our new facility, which includes all direct donations and signed loan agreements, and we're currently working with a number of other individuals, curling clubs, and corporations to procure more funds over the next couple of months as we approach construction. (Note that we try to keep the ticker on the website as accurate as we can but sometimes have to wait for funds to be deposited into our accounts before we can update it. For example, donations made through Facebook are not added to our total until they've been disbursed to us.) To simplify our needs with rounded estimates, we project the following:

Cost of Getting to Construction: $250,000 (October 1 - April 15)
Cost of Preparing the Building: $250,000 (April 15 - July 1)
Cost of Installing Ice: $400,000 (July 1 - September 1)
Cost of Additional Amenities (Phase 2): $250,000 (TBD)

Keep in mind, these costs are conservative estimates rounded up to give you a sense of how the money will be spent, and when it will be spent, and we are looking into a number of solutions that will either significantly lower the cost, or defer the cost to a later period. What this means, is that we currently have enough money to begin the construction, but we still need more to complete the work.

Fortunately, we have a golden opportunity in front of us with the fast approaching Olympic season, and this is where we need your help. Our club has already booked dozens of Corporate Events, Learn to Curls, and other events between now and April that have the potential to bring in loads of new members, and with them, more volunteers, more expertise, and more resources. However, we will never be able to realize this potential without your help to spread the joy of curling to everyone who steps onto our ice. If you're reading this now, we know how much you care about curling, and there's no better way to grow the sport than to show the sport to others. If you have a couple of hours to spare on a Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday night, or maybe some flexibility to assist with a daytime Corporate Event, we need you out there! The Olympic Committee will be rolling out some new benefits for all volunteers shortly (retroactive January 1) so please take the time to visit the volunteer page at www.bayareacurling.com/volunteer and help us out!

In addition to the immediate need for on-ice volunteers, we also have a pressing need for off-ice volunteers. As the various sub-committees have developed their plans for the new facility, we have generated a list of things we will need from you all to make this dream a reality. Whether you're a skilled corporate fundraiser, a plumber, or someone with nice handwriting, we need your help! Check out the DI Volunteer list and Good & Services page see how you can best support Dedicated Ice.


A Great #GivingTuesday

Thanks to all of our members and supporters who participated in #GivingTuesday, along with Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, on November 28! We've now raised more than $12,000 for dedicated ice through Facebook donations, and we're closer than ever to building our new home in Oakland—bringing expanded programming to our current athletes, new curlers, and our local youth, disabled, and corporate communities.

As a bonus, Facebook have decided to permanently waive transaction fees on charitable donations, making this the BEST way to give your end-of-year tax deductible donation to SFBACC! Just visit facebook.com/bayareacurling/fundraisers and click Donate. Even small donations make a big difference!


Thanks for a great Non-spiel!

SFBACC, you rock. Thanks to all our curlers, friends, family, and volunteers who made last weekend's Non-spiel fundraiser a huge success. We raised over $4,000 for our buildout, and more importantly, it felt like a curling club as we watched the Olympic trials, played a few (non-curling) games, and enjoyed some good food, drink, and music.

Thanks to our friends at Novel Brewing Company who donated kegs to the cause, as well as the about 2 dozen members who donated their time, food, equipment, raffle & auction items, and more so that we could pull it all off.

 


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.