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$6 million raised to date for YMCA campaign

Monday, March 15, 2010

The main entrance of the proposed Monett Area YMCA is shown above in the latest concept drawing of the facility.
A total of $6 million has been pledged to date toward the construction of a new YMCA facility in Monett, according to an announcement made Monday by Mike Garrett and Mike Wallace, co-chairs of the Monett Area YMCA Capital Campaign.

"The goal of this campaign is to build a state-of-the-art recreation, education and community facility to serve people in Barry and Lawrence counties," Garrett stated. "When completed, this facility will serve thousands of children, teens and adults who live, work and play in the Monett area."

"Since last year, we have been conducting the initial portion of our fundraising campaign," Wallace said. "Thanks to the energy of our volunteers and the generosity of the individuals and businesses we have contacted, we are pleased to announce that we have received pledges totaling approximately $6 million toward the construction of a new YMCA building and aquatic center.

"In addition, thanks to the Fuldner family, we have received a pledge of $1 million toward establishing an endowment fund to support operations of the indoor aquatic center, which was the number-one need for such a facility identified by Monett area residents," Wallace continued.

In making their announcement, Wallace and Garrett stressed that the success thus far of the current campaign is a good beginning, but it will not be possible to complete the planned project without a significant amount of additional support.

"We are very grateful for our current pledges," the co-chairs said, "and we are especially pleased that 100 percent of the Monett YMCA board members and staff have pledged their support for the new YMCA. Local industries, such as ASI, EFCO, Jack Henry & Associates, IDF and Schreiber Foods, have made pledges and local businesses such as Community National Bank, Empire District and First State Bank have also supported the campaign. "However, the overall success of our campaign depends upon the public portion of our fundraising effort, and we are optimistic that Monett residents will respond in a positive way to a project that will greatly improve the quality of life for those who live and work in the Monett area."
The Monett Area YMCA has experienced steady growth in both membership and demand for programs since it began operations in Monett's old National Guard Armory in 2004. Today, the Y has a membership base of more than 3,000, and people of all ages enjoy a wide range of programs and activities at the Y. According to YMCA Executive Director Gordon Brown, the focus of the Y is to strengthen families, promote better health and encourage values and behavior consistent with Christian principles.

"With the construction of the new facility, we anticipate that membership will grow to more than 5,000, and residents of Monett and the surrounding areas will be able to enjoy one of the finest family recreation facilities in the four-state area," Brown said.

To learn more about contributing to the Monett YMCA Capital Campaign, contact Gordon Brown at 235-8213, or visit the campaign's website at www.yourmonettymca.org.

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