The Hodag Schools Foundation recently announced a $100,000 donation from Peoples State Bank in Rhinelander.
Peoples Assistant Vice President Brandon Karaba says making the substantial pledge was a "no-brainer."
"We like to donate into the community. Anything that betters the community obviously betters everybody that's involved," said Karaba. "There's a lot of good things happening in the area so this is definitely going to be one of them."
A 2001 graduate of Rhinelander High School and former three-sport athlete, Karaba said the dome would benefit athletes but also go beyond sports.
"Being able to be outside, it'll help our teams … it's just a huge advantage for us being here in the Northwoods where we have feet of snow" said Karaba. "Something like this doesn't come around. It's a one in a lifetime kind of thing for the community that can change a lot of things."
In 2018, a local physician pledged
$500,000 toward the project.
The Hodag School's Foundation raised
an additional $700,000 and the school district will contribute $5.7 million.
The total cost of the dome will come in at nearly $7 million.