For the next 55 days, you can double your money when you make a donation to the Monett Area YMCA's capital campaign.
Thanks to a challenge grant from the Mabee Foundation, donations made to the campaign are matched dollar for dollar through the Foundation.
Just recently, Leon and Norma Hilton, of Monett, made a decision to contribute to the YMCA's fund drive. The couple, who have lived in the Monett community for 64 years, donated $50,000 to the campaign.
"We've been in Monett practically all our lives; we raised our family here," said Leon, who owned and operated the John Deere dealership in Monett until 1976. "Monett's been good to us, and we appreciate that.
The Hiltons said they appreciate the fact that their donation is being doubled through the Mabee grant program. They also hope other area residents will consider making donations to the Monett Area YMCA capital campaign in the coming weeks.
"We feel like we need to give something back to the community, and we thought this was the best place to do it," said Leon. "This is a great project for the future of our kids, and we're happy to donate."
"The Hiltons are making a very generous gift, and it's obvious they want to share their story for the purpose of encouraging others to give," said Gordon Brown, executive director of the Monett Area YMCA.
To date, pledges made to the capital campaign total $7.6 million, which puts the effort $400,000 away from receiving the $2 million grant from the Mabee Foundation. The campaign must raise $8 million by Jan. 13, 2011, to qualify for the grant money.
"Our fundraising is on schedule, but the last part is always the toughest," said Brown. "We need all the help we can get as we make this final push to reach $8 million."
|To learn more about contributing to the YMCA capital campaign, contact Brown at 235-8213 or visit www.yourmonettymca.org.|