The Holland Aquatic Center (HAC) Foundation has announced its newest campaign that will lay the groundwork for future support to individuals and operations at HAC.
The Brick-by-Brick Campaign, launched in the fall of 2022, seeks to provide financial assistance to eligible applicants who wish to take part in HAC’s swim lesson program as well as those applying for membership “scholarships.” The campaign also aims to supplement some of HAC’s operational expenses.
Over the next two years, engraved bricks will be at the center of this campaign. Donors may purchase a brick, or bricks, for $150 each that will then be engraved with the name or phrase of their choosing. The bricks, approximately 1,800 in total, will be placed in one of four separate seating areas along HAC’s front walkway. In these areas, patrons and guests will also find benches, also for purchase at $3,500, to enjoy the outdoors before or after their use of HAC.
Each brick donated will help provide solid ground upon which our community’s state-of-the-art facility can continue to empower healthy, connected lives in Holland and beyond.
“The HAC Foundation is committed to enhancing HAC’s offerings and operations through philanthropic efforts today and for years to come,” says Dr. Randall Miller, chairperson of the HAC Foundation. “Like so many in our community, we value the work of HAC and how it positively affects the safety, health, and well-being of all who enter its doors. So many of us personally benefit every week from these new facilities, and we hope to see many more people do so because of this campaign.”
“We are excited by this new campaign as it will impact both people and programming at HAC,” says Jack Huisingh, executive director of the Holland Aquatic Center. “Our HAC Foundation members have envisioned a way for supporters of HAC to leave a legacy here and assist members in our community at the same time.”
“Once these four areas are complete, we plan to also create a new public patio space near our front lobby entrance with additional named pavers and picnic tables providing a beautiful new public and family outdoor patio,” Huisingh adds.
Made up of a 10-member board, the HAC Foundation’s mission is to aid HAC as a leading example of excellence in aquatics and community wellness. This is its second campaign in the last three years. From May 2019 to July of 2022, the foundation successfully completed its $3 million “Happy Families, Healthy Communities” campaign which provided additional features in the recent $26.3 million expansion and renovation of HAC. Those donor-funded features include HAC’s second floor indoor track and wellness room, its expanded lobby area, and its front-entrance canopy.
Each of those features has added immensely to the overall mission and operation of HAC, says Huisingh.
“The work of the HAC Foundation over the past three years has created so many wellness opportunities and aesthetic experiences here,” Huisingh says. “We are extremely grateful for their work on HAC’s and Holland’s behalf and are thrilled with how the first campaign provided significant improvements to our publicly bonded project.”
There are four phases of ordering and installation of the legacy bricks at HAC. Phase 1 for brick ordering began in October 2022 and will continue through January 2023 with brick installation in April 2023; Phase 2 for brick ordering is from February to July 2023 with installation in October 2023; Phase 3 for brick ordering is from August 2023 to January 2024 with installation in April 2024; and Phase 4 for brick ordering is from February to July 2024 with installation in October 2024.
To learn more about the Brick-by-Brick campaign and/or to donate, go to hollandaquatic.org/brick-by-brick-campaign/.
Since 1968, Holland Aquatic Center has served over 200,000 families in the Holland area. It has emerged as a nationally recognized and leading community asset that provides swim lessons and water safety classes, aquatic play spaces, competitive swim and dive programming, rehabilitation, and wellness and fitness opportunities.