By Joe Smillie
Peninsula Daily News
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Chris Farmer, owner of the Domino's Pizza franchise in Sequim, presented officials of the Sequim Aquatic and Recreation Center with a check for $900 last week, the fruits of a monthlong fundraising drive.
“We're just really happy we could help some families out with this,” Farmer said.
During the month of May, the pizza joint ran a “SARC special” in which $1 of the $9.99 pizza price was set aside to help pay for 30-day memberships to SARC for children from
8 to 17 years old, a cost that is usually $26.17.
Leslee Francis, interim director of SARC, said Domino's $900, plus an additional $155 donated to SARC directly, will be enough to provide 41 children with 30-day passes this summer.
That number, however, is just over half the number of children who qualified and requested passes through the Sequim School District.
Patsene Dashiell, spokeswoman for the school district, said more 80 children requested 30-day passes for this summer.
Any child eligible to receive free or reduced lunches through the school district is qualified to receive a special pass to SARC.
“I was just shocked when I heard 80 kids had signed up,” SARC Board Chairwoman Susan Sorensen said.
Youth passes had been provided to low-income children for years under donations made by an anonymous donor, Sorensen said.
After the donor died a couple of years ago, the free-pass program fell by the wayside.
“But judging by the response we've got here, I think there is definitely an obvious need still in our community,” Sorensen said.
Those wishing to sponsor more memberships for youths can donate to SARC.
Francis said donors should designate their gifts for “Project Domino's” to make sure funds go to youth passes.
Donations can be made at SARC or with a credit card over the telephone.
For more, visit the SARC website, www.sarcfitness.com, or phone 360-683-3344.
Sequim-Dungeness Valley Editor Joe Smillie can be reached at 360-681-2390, ext. 5052, or at email@example.com.