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April 9, 2012
Update: Fundraising drive for Sacramento pools approaches goal

A fundraising campaign to keep city pools open this summer has gained momentum in recent days, but is still short of its $1 million goal.

The Save Our Pools campaign, launched by Save Mart supermarket, had generated $818,561 in donations and pledges as of 1 p.m. today. That figure includes a match by Save Mart of donations the store has received.

Save Mart and city officials are holding an all-day phone drive today. Donations can be made over the phone at (855) 895-POOL (7665). The pledge drive ends at 7 p.m., but donations will also be accepted Tuesday via text message at 80888, at the Save Our Pools page on Facebook and at the campaign's website.

The latest figures include a donation of $100,000 from the city and $275,000 raised by Save Mart, including the store's match. Mayor Kevin Johnson, the City Council and city employees have a goal of bringing in $300,000.

Save Mart will match all donations up to $500,000, with a goal of raising $1 million. If that figure is reached, the city will have enough funding to open half of the city's 12 swimming pools this summer.

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Ryan Lillis has covered the city of Sacramento, its 108 neighborhoods and its politicians since 2008. Prior to that, he covered crime at The Bee. A native of upstate New York, Lillis has a journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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