March 05, 2007 -- Channel 3000 -- Madison, Wis Madison city leaders and others said thank you on Monday to two men who have become prominent donors to a variety of community projects.
Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz and workers at Atwood Community Center told a crowd of children, teens and seniors that Irwin and Robert Goodman, better known as the Goodman Brothers, are donating $2 million to help build a brand new center on the city's East Side. The current facility is located in the 2400 block of Atwood Avenue.
The Goodman Brothers have donated large amounts of money to help build the city's first pool and other facilities in the past.
In a letter to Monday's group, the brother said that health conditions prevented them from attending the announcement, but they said they were very impressed with the center's popular programs and happy to help with such a worthwhile endeavor.
Becky Steinhoff, the director at Attwood Community Center, spoke to those gathered inside the center's 53-year-old building.
"Although we have a lot of money to raise yet, this train is moving forward, and with this incredible gift and with a lot more hard work, we will be cutting the ribbon to our new community center in mid-2008 -- six months ahead of schedule," Steinhoff said.
This news was met with clapping and cheers from those in attendance. A song was dedicated to the Goodmans, part of which prompted a standing ovation and big "thank you" signs aimed at the two brothers. Community center leaders handed out sparkling apple juice in champagne glasses, WISC-TV reported.
The Goodmans' large contribution will let the center consolidate all of its programming under one roof as it's now scattered at multiple sites.
About 14,000 people used the services or attended programs at Atwood last year, officials said.
In honor of the brothers, the new building will be called the Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Community Center