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Ray & Kathie Kvalvog Pledge $1 Million Dollar Match to Fargo Parks Projects


At January’s Fargo Park District Board meeting Board Commissioners announced a generous matching donation from Ray and Kathie Kvalvog ahead of Giving Hearts Day on February 9. The “Kvalvog Million Dollar Match” will include a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $1 million for Giving Hearts Day this year for the Fargo Parks Sports Complex and Island Park Pool projects.

“Through the Kvalvog family’s generosity, they would like to inspire others to join them in supporting these highly impactful projects. Our hope is to see this $1 million matched through community donations by Giving Hearts Day,” says Fargo Park District Foundation Director Craig Bjur. “We’re looking to you to help us meet the whole match. And you can do that by giving by check of any amount or by giving online today with pre-gifts at GivingHeartsDay.org.”

Giving Hearts Day 2023 is slated to take place on Thursday, February 9. Pre-giving is open now and those wishing to donate to the Fargo Park District Foundation can visit GivingHeartsDay.org. The “Kvalvog Million Dollar Match” means that for every dollar donated, one more will be raised to help complete the Fargo Parks Sports Complex and Island Park Pool Projects.

The Fargo Parks Sports Complex is expected to be a destination facility with indoor space for thousands of community members and 20-plus local community organizations. The complex is expected to attract over one million visitors annually and provide a true multi-purpose space for Fargo residents and surrounding communities. The Island Park Pool has served the community in its current design since 1977. As fixtures have reached the end of their lifespan, the District plans to update facilities in order to continue to serve the community through recreation, leisure, and athletics.

Both projects are slated to be completed in 2024 and the Fargo Park District Foundation continues to actively fundraise for both. If you would like to support the Fargo Parks Sports Complex and the Island Park Pool, pre-giving is open now at GivingHeartsDay.org. Every dollar counts.

Another option for those wishing to donate can give by check to the Fargo Park District Foundation and include “Giving Hearts Day” in the memo line. Checks can be dropped off at the Fargo Park District Administration offices, 701 Main Ave, Fargo. Naming opportunities are available for donations of $15,000 and above. All donations are eligible for the Kvalvog Million Dollar Match. Further questions can be directed to foundation@fargoparks.com.

The Fargo Park District Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization and entity of the Fargo Park District. The Foundation’s mission is to “enhance the quality of life in the metro area through the development of modernized facilities, new programs and by offering great opportunities for all in the community”. Major projects currently include the Fargo Sports Complex, Island Park Pool, and the Matching Grant Program. Visit FargoParks.com/Foundation for more information on current projects.