The St. Sebastian’s Parish Center in Woodside looking to raise $1 million in donations to help keep it afloat.
The Parish Center, which provides athletic facilities and programming to the community at 39-60 57th Street, began an online crowdfunding campaign yesterday with a goal of $1 million to help repair its facility. The online fundraiser had reached nearly $8,000 by Friday afternoon.
“Our beloved St. Sebastian Parish Center is in dire need of financial assistance. The Parish Center relies heavily on memberships as a source of revenue. With traditional health clubs popping up all around our building the competition is fierce,” reads a statement on the fundraising page. “If we don’t take action soon we are in jeopardy of losing the Parish Center.”
The Parish Center has been operating at a loss for years, explains the fundraising website, running a deficit of $294,000 in 2015. There is a desperate need to make repairs to the swimming pool infrastructure to avoid losing the ability to use the pool, according to the website.
To donate visit https://www.youcaring.com/stsebastianparishcenter-772620 or send a check to:
St. Sebastian Parish Center
c/o Harry Connor
39-60 57th Street
Woodside, NY 11377
(I have confirmed that pool membership is open to anyone, not just parishioners.)