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Monett Area YMCA announces $10 million campaign

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

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This site plan, produced by Butler, Rosenbury and Partners, shows where the new Monett Area YMCA will be built just south of Monett's South Park.
The Monett Area YMCA today announced a $10 million dollar capital campaign to increase the level of service that the YMCA can provide to residents of Monett and the surrounding area.

Monett Area YMCA Director Gordon Brown announced that the campaign for a new YMCA facility is now underway.

"The current YMCA facility lacks the size and resources to accommodate its growing membership base," Brown said. "To continue the Y's mission of encouraging a life-long development of spirit, mind and body, the Monett Area YMCA needs a new home."

According to Brown, YMCA members take full advantage of available facilities and programs. The Y offers a variety of programs and activities for youths, teens, adults, seniors and families, including sports, dance classes, art classes, piano lessons, after-school care, exercise classes, wellness programs, running club, family fun nights, swimming lessons, holiday events, summer programs and much more.

This year, Monett YMCA membership has grown to 3000 people. Presently, the Monett YMCA has as many members check in every day as do other facilities three times its size.

"The YMCA's current facility is aging," Brown said. "Maintenance and repair are costly. The lack of program and parking space is a daily issue. The ability to add programs and classes is limited. Space for additional fitness equipment is virtually nonexistent."

Several committees of community members were formed to determine whether there was a need in the area for a new YMCA facility. The answer was a resounding "yes," and the planning process began. Area residents were surveyed to gather input and assess the areas of greatest need. After much information-gathering, communication and planning, the Monett Area YMCA Capital Campaign has begun the initial phase of fundraising efforts.

A new, larger, more accessible facility is planned for the area adjacent to Monett's South Park and would include one of the resources most frequently requested by Monett area residents--an indoor pool. Other planned additions include an expanded wellness center, indoor water playground, warm water therapy pool, indoor track, rock-climbing wall, aerobics/dance/yoga rooms, expanded wellness equipment for seniors, Kid Zone/Child Watch, kids' gym, game room, art and meeting rooms and racquetball courts.

In addition to YMCA Director Gordon Brown, the Capital Campaign Committee is directed by chairs Mike Garrett and Mike Wallace, along with honorary co-chairs Chris and Ginny Fuldner. It is rounded out by Scott Beckwith, Rob Jackson, Greg Johnson, Dr. John Jungmann, Jack Prim, Marty Scaborozi, Dr. Ralph Scott, Robin Walker and Lora Wilkins.

For information on how to help bring this new facility to the area, contact Gordon Brown, director of the YMCA, at 417-235-8213 or at gbrown@monettymca.org or visit the capital campaign's website at www.yourmonettymca.org.

The Monett Family YMCA is part of the Ozarks Regional YMCA association and has served the community for more than 120 years with over 20,000 members in the association to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities.

The Ozarks Regional YMCA consists of seven branches including The Ozark Mountain Branch in Hollister, Bolivar/Dallas County Area YMCA, Monett/Cassville, Camp Wakonda, Child Care branches and two facilities in Springfield.



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