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R.J. Thomas mfg. boosts Cherokee Aquatics project

Sunday, May 8, 2005

R.J. Thomas employees are proud of their company's commitment to the community as exhibited this week with a $100,000 donation to the Aquatic Center/Gillette Park project.
(Photo by Ken Ross)
R.J. Thomas Mfg. Company Inc. recently presented the Cherokee Family Aquatics/Gillette Park project with a $100,000 gift.

"This commitment reflects the high value the Thomas family and its employees place upon the Cherokee community," said Steve Thomas, "The aquatics project is all about enhancing and strengthening our quality of life. We hope our commitment will encourage others, large and small. We consider it a privilege to help."

"Cherokee is privileged to have a family industry such as Thomas Mfg.," said Dr. Bob Martin in accepting the gift, along with members of the campaign committee and the Cherokee Community Foundation. "This gift continues a long tradition of providing strong support for community projects. We thank the Thomas family and employees for their vision."

According to John Cook, campaign co-chair, the support from Thomas Mfg comes at a critical time. "We're working hard to get our ducks lined up for a Vision Iowa/CAT grant and the next thirty days will be critical. If we want to keep the project on track, we need strong leadership support. This couldn't come at a better time. We hope this will spur others who are contemplating support."

Cook reminds community members who are interested in understanding the project to attend one of two community briefings scheduled for Tuesday, May 10 or Monday, May 16. Both are scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Community Center and are completed within 45 minutes.

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