Friends of Lake Mattoon

Pictured, from left, are Gary Swearingen, Mattoon Rotary Club; and Phil Anderson, president of Friends of Lake Mattoon.

MATTOON -- The Friends of Lake Mattoon recently partnered with the Rotary Club of Mattoon to raise funds for the construction of a new pavilion at the Lake Mattoon beach area.

The Swearingen family donated a one-week stay in his cabin in Colorado and between the two groups, 295 tickets were sold, raising around $5,000. With funds up to $5,000 being matched by Wells Fargo, the project raised around $10,000. On New Year's Day, Phil Anderson, president of Friends of Lake Mattoon, and Gary Swearingen, Mattoon Rotary member, gathered to pull the winning ticket from the bunch. Congratulations go to winner Kristin Becker.

Between the fundraiser and additional grants received through Rotary, there is approximately $25,000 ready to start the construction of the new pavilion. Both groups will be working with the City of Mattoon in the coming months to finalize plans with the hopes of breaking ground in late spring.

Those interested in making a donation to the construction of the pavilion should contact Anderson, at 217-254-7146.

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