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Manchester seeks donations to renovate Michael Briggs Community Center

MANCHESTER - The Manchester Police Athletic League has launched a GoFundMe page to raise money to renovate the Michael Briggs Community Center, which provides after-school programs like athletics and homework help for young people.

“Volunteers from the Manchester Police Department have shown their dedication to the city’s youth, and now more than ever, we’re calling on communities far and wide who understand the benefits of programs like these designed for at-risk youth to lend a helping hand,” police Lt. Brian O’Keefe.

The MPAL hopes to raise $100,000 through the GoFundMe page. The renovations are expected to cost a total of $1 million.

The league also is reaching out to the business community for support in the form of donated materials, and offering Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) tax credits for businesses making a financial donation. Businesses that donate to CDFA-approved projects can receive at least 75% of that contribution back in the form of a state business tax credit.

Over 8,600 at-risk youth live within one mile of the Michael Briggs Community Center which was named after Mike, a Manchester police officer who was gunned-down in the line of duty in 2006.

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