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PRESS RELEASE

Friends of PAC

February 8, 2024


Friends of PAC is excited to announce the launch of their endowment campaign with the support of the Jackson Fork Ranch and their large donation of $50,000. Friends of PAC is building an endowment for the long-term sustainability of our organization and mission: to ensure supplemental funding and community engagement for ongoing recreational services and facilities in support of the Pinedale Aquatic Center (PAC). The goal of this endowment is to guarantee funding for the PAC and Friends of PAC for years to come. It is imperative that we begin to think about the long-term sustainability of the PAC and all it has to offer to Sublette County, as well as all visitors, near and far. Friends of PAC is eager to develop our endowment and allow this investment to grow into a lifetime of financial support and contribution for the PAC. 


The Jackson Fork Ranch welcomes their visitors to enjoy the “unparalleled outdoor activities like fly fishing, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, and bird watching.” With a vested interest in supporting Sublette County, the Jackson Fork Ranch saw a good fit to support the PAC’s recreational offerings in the county, and we are truly appreciative of that position. 


Since 2016, PAC has decreased its annual operating budget by nearly 45%. As a result, PAC has worked the past several years to establish and maintain a sustainable operating budget. Having researched other similar type facilities in the Wyoming region, an annual $1.8-2 million budget is projected as necessary to continue current public operations.


In 2022 and 2023, Friends of PAC gave a combined $216,000 to the PAC to support their budget. We accomplished this through sponsorships, grant writing, fundraising and equipment purchases. Since its inception in 2018, Friends of PAC has supported PAC with a total of over $410,000! As the largest recreational facility in Western Wyoming, the PAC is so much more than just a pool and provides programming for youth to seniors; from Jr. Wrangler sports to Pickleball, there’s truly something for everyone at the PAC. It is a facility that provides a place for after-school activities and a best-in-class competitive and leisure pools. Through the end of 2023, the PAC has served 1,447,127 total visitors and is turning 16 in 2024; amazing!


If you have an interest in PAC and supporting Friends of PAC, please consider giving to our endowment. Please reach out to Ahna Vitt for any inquiries or questions you may have regarding the endowment and this exciting new opportunity.  For more information about Friends of PAC please visit our website at www.welovepac.com


Ahna Vitt, Friends of PAC Executive Director - 307-231-0123 - ahnavitt@welovepac.com





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