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YMCA campaign nears Mabee grant goal

Monday, November 15, 2010

The sign located since January at the site of the new Monett Area YMCA at Monett's South Park.
To date, $7.5 million has been pledged for the construction of a new YMCA facility in Monett, according to an announcement made today by Mike Garrett and Mike Wallace, co-chairmen of the Monett Area YMCA's capital campaign.

In making their announcement, Wallace and Garrett stressed that the next two months are critical to the success of the current campaign. "We are very thankful for our current gifts and pledges," the co-chairs said, "but we need to raise additional funds in the next 60 days if we are to receive the $2 million challenge grant from the Mabee Foundation in Tulsa, Okla."

In order to receive this grant, the Y must have contributions and pledges of $8 million by Jan. 13, 2011.

"We ask that area residents who wish to support the Y's capital campaign contact us or YMCA Executive Director Gordon Brown as soon as possible," said Wallace and Garrett. "We don't want to lose the Mabee grant."

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

"We are grateful for the energy of our volunteers and the generosity of the individuals and businesses we have contacted," Garrett said. "With pledges now totaling more than $7 million, we are getting close to the total we need to qualify for the challenge grant offered by the Mabee Foundation."

The Monett Area YMCA has experienced steady growth in both membership and programs since it began operations in Monett's old National Guard Armory in 2004. Today, the Y has a membership of more than 3,000, and people of all ages are enjoying a wide range of programs and activities at the Y.

"The Y seeks to promote youth development, healthy living and social responsibility while encouraging values and behavior consistent with Christian principles," said Brown, the Y's executive director. "With the construction of the new facility, residents of Monett and the surrounding area will be able to enjoy one of the finest family recreation facilities in the four-state area."

To learn more about contributing to the YMCA capital campaign, contact Brown at 235-8213 or visit www.yourmonettymca.org.

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