Dr. Tom and Kathy Dean are shown south of the pool in Wessington Springs next to the renovation project progress sign. The Deans have pledged to match all new pool donations, dollar for dollar up to $50,000, received beginning this week through the end of 2019.  

Couple offers to match all new pool project donations up to $50K
Longtime Wessington Springs residents and health care providers Dr. Tom and Kathy Dean announced a generous matching gift of up to $50,000 to the City of Wessington Springs Pool Renovation project this week. 
The Deans will match each new donation, dollar for dollar up to $50,000 between now and the end of 2019. The fundraising challenge aims to encourage new donors to make a gift and essentially “double their donation” with the Dean’s matching challenge. 
“We are very grateful to the Deans for their generous support of the pool renovation project,” said Ryan Jensen, a member of the Wessington Springs Pool Task Force, the fundraising arm of the project. “Their challenge serves as an exciting springboard to invigorate our fundraising efforts.” 
To date, the pool task force has raised $80,000 towards the $550,000 project goal. If the Dean giving challenge is met, an additional $100,000 will be added to that total. Other funding is being sought through grants, fundraising events, corporate support and private donors. The City of Wessington Springs has allocated $75,000 in its 2020 budget towards the project. 
The pool renovation will include a new gutter plumbing system around the perimeter of pool, new deck, resurfacing and painting of the pool, new slope in the wading pool to accommodate very young swimmers as well as entertaining bubblers and a mushroom water feature in the wading pool. To ensure the swimming pool is accessible for people of all abilities, a new ADA accessible entry to the area at the west side of the pool and an accessible bathroom are included in the plan.
To find out more about the project or to make a donation, visit or contact a pool task force member: 
Sandy Beckman - 605-999-0560
Jeanna Schafer - 605-350-0635
Pam Hainy - 605-350-5238
Terri Mebius - 605-680-2766
Ryan Jensen - 605-350-0520 or
Kristi Hine - 605-350-4906 or