The North Platte Community College Foundation has announced a fundraising campaign to replace the bleachers in the McDonald-Belton gymnasium.
The NPCCF “Knight’s Court Bleacher Seat Campaign” hopes to raise $500,000 to remove and replace the 40-year-old bleacher seats that are currently in the gym. The plans also include the addition of 234 seat-back chairs located in the each of the center sections on the North and South sides of the gym, for a total of 468 chairs.
The current bleachers consist of bench-type seating with no back support and very minimal aisle railing in the walkways. The replacements will allow for wider leg room and better railing support.
Donations will be raised by a planned giving process and will be sold in $1,000 increments with several payment plan options.
Benefits to the donor include exclusive free seating rights for all NPCC sporting events to donors for five years beginning fall 2014. (Excluding college related non-sporting events and post tournament events); reserved seating in the Knight’s Court section (on a first come, first serve basis); and, if available, additional Knight’s Court seating for guests at a 50 percent per ticket discount.
A four-level tiered recognition plan is also available for individuals who would like to donate more. The four levels are:
- Bronze: $1,000-$9,999
- Silver: $10,000-$29,999
- Gold: $30,000-$49,999
- Diamond: $50,000 +
Benefits for those donated to the tiered recognition plan include name recognition in all sporting event programs, recognition in the Knight’s Court section of the NPCC Athletics website, a prominently displayed plaque with donor names located near gym entrance, and access to special Knight’s Court events and activities.
“The bleacher project is a much needed update to our gymnasium,” said Marcus Garstecki, NPCC Vice-President. “It will be a benefit to our athletic programs as it will enhance the recruiting potential for quality student-athletes. Additionally, it will provide our patrons with a much more comfortable and enjoyable spectator experience during games. I think the new bleachers will also be a big benefit to the entire North Platte community as we host a large number of youth and high school events throughout the year.
The NPCCF plans a completion of the campaign on or before April 15, 2014, and to have the replacement bleachers/seats ordered and installed by mid-August.