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Fundraising for hockey facility under way; meeting for public is Oct. 12

The Hastings Hockey Boosters have begun their fundraising campaign for a new hockey training facility in Hastings.

Efforts began about a month and a half ago, said Dustin Vogelgesang, a member of HHB's alumni committee. The facility is to be built on the grounds of the Hastings Civic Arena. It would be a separate building located off the southeast corner of the Civic Arena, designed to give mini-mites to high-school-level hockey players a place to develop their skills year- round. It will include shooting, stickhandling, passing and goalie stations and a plyometric training area. Equipment to improve strength, speed and agility will be open to use by other athletes as well as hockey players.

In order to build and fill the facility with equipment, the Boosters are aiming to raise $500,000, Vogelgesang said, and they haven't set a fundraising deadline.

Donors can contribute through cash donations - which can be spread out over a three-year payment period - securities, real estate and stock donations. Plans are not exact at this point, as the Boosters are waiting until funds are available.

"As we get closer to the point of having the necessary funds to begin construction, that's when some of that will get down and dirty," Vogelgesang said.

To help the public get an idea of what the Boosters are hoping to do, they're holding two open houses on the topic. The first is scheduled for Oct. 12, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Hastings High School lecture room. A second open house is scheduled for Nov. 12, also from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the same location. More information is also available online at

"We're hoping people believe in it like we do," Vogelgesang said.