TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Rowing enthusiasts can be known as competitive, and the Wabash Valley Community Foundation is counting on that as they issued a $150,000 challenge to the Wabash Valley Crew Rowing Club.

The foundation made the announcement as part of its 30th anniversary celebration Thursday. The challenge is a dollar-for-dollar match challenge that runs through Dec. 31, 2023. So until then, every dollar raised from the general public will be doubled up to the limit of $150,000.

The money will go towards the establishment of a permanent boathouse facility, which has an estimated cost of $500,000.

President of the Wabash Valley Crew, Jim Owen, explained that the establishment of a boathouse will allow for further community outreach. “With the proper infrastructure, we could easily see 50-150 participants per event using and enjoying the services of a boathouse in Fairbanks Park.”

The foundation identified the project as one that falls into many areas of high priority granting consideration, such as community and economic growth, youth, riverfront development, tourism, beautification, and health and wellness,” explained foundation Board President Sally Zuel. “We are pleased to provide this matching challenge grant to Wabash Valley Crew for its boathouse which will undoubtedly enrich lives in our community.”

Wabash Valley Crew is actively working with Mayor Duke Bennett and the Terre Haute Parks Department to find a suitable location for the boathouse. Prior to the issuance of this challenge grant, the organization received a commitment of $200,000 from Union Health.

Those wishing to make a contribution can do so online at www.WVCF.org/wabashvalleycrew

The Wabash Valley Community Foundation is a coalition of individuals from Clay, Sullivan, and Vigo counties.