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Finlandia fundraiser aims to preserve Thunder Bay 'cultural hub'

Younger generations need to rally behind an important piece of local history, a 21-year-old woman behind a crowdfunding campaign for the Finlandia Association says.

'Someone needed to do something to save the association, the building and the people who work there'

About $2,000 has already been raised through a crowd-funding website for Thunder Bay's landmark Finlandia Club. (northernontario.travel)

Younger generations need to rally behind an important piece of local history, a 21-year-old woman behind a crowdfunding campaign for the Finlandia Association says. 

Crystal DiGiuseppe said she hopes to raise $15,000 for the indebted organization, adding that she doesn't want the community gathering place to be lost. 

"Personally, I know my family has gone there for as long as I can remember," she said.

"I love getting Finnish pancakes from there, but it's so much more than that. Historically it's a big deal for Thunder Bay."​

DiGiuseppe's 'Save the Finlandia' campaign is registered on the fundraising site indiegogo. As of Wednesday afternoon, about $2,000 was raised. 

While DiGiuseppe is not of Finnish heritage, she said she launched the campaign because "someone needed to do something to save the association, the building and the people who work there."

She called the Finlandia Hall "a cultural hub for the whole community."

Crystal DiGiuseppe hopes to raise $15,000 for the indebted Finlandia Association. (Supplied)

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