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Foundation pledges support for new YMCA

Friday, January 14, 2011

Monett Area Community Foundation members met recently with representatives from the YMCA Capital Campaign. Pictured from left, are: Mike Brownsberger, Jeff Scott, Gale Huffmaster, Jane Rogers, Mark Nelson, Doug Childress, Mike Garrett, Don Weber, Phyllis Garrett, Mark Kaiser, Gordon Brown, Robin Walker, J.D. Roberts, John Jungmann and Mike Gollhofer. Not pictured is MACF board member Suzette Huntress. Mike Garrett and Gordon Brown were in attendance to represent the YMCA Capital Campaign. [Photo courtesy Ewa Michalska]
The Monett Area Community Foundation (MACF) has never had a shortage of causes competing for their attention. Between scholarships, grants and endowments, the MACF maintains close to 40 funds that help to serve the local community. A new effort is being added to that number.

During their December meeting, MACF board members announced their commitment to contribute $25,000 over five years toward the Monett Area YMCA's Capital Campaign. This gift will put the campaign significantly closer to reaching its goal of bringing a new facility with expanded features and services to the area.

The MACF, one of the 41 affiliates of Community Foundation of the Ozarks, was started nearly 14 years ago by Monett residents to support organizations and projects serving the Monett area, according to Rod Anderson, one of the charter members. The organization has grown in funds from zero to $1.3 million while also giving back an additional $900,000 to the community in the process. The contributed funds come from many donors, some of whom set up scholarships in the names of their family members or teachers, and those scholarships are then given out with certain criteria. One of these, the Patriot Family Fund, is a scholarship fund for those with siblings on active military duty.

Mark Nelson, who serves as MACF board president, said the foundation sees the proposed new Y as a "longstanding asset that will contribute to the lives of many adults, children, and families."

"The YMCA has made a big impression, enough to take $5,000 out of working capital every year for five years because we want to see it succeed," Nelson said.

Robin Walker, MACF board member, added, "this is a great project for the area. MACF is very pleased to be a part of this local fundraising effort."

Monett R-1 Superintendent and MACF board member Dr. John Jungmann reiterated the board's strong support for the project.

"We're excited about what this project will do for our community, and we're enthused to be a part of it," said Dr. Jungmann. "There is a great deal of opportunity for a facility like this to help our area in so many ways. We certainly hope we can help close the gap to be able to turn those opportunities into reality."

To learn more about supporting the YMCA capital campaign in its efforts, contact Monett Area YMCA Executive Director Gordon Brown at 235-8213, or visit www.yourmonettymca.org. For more information about the Monett Area Community Foundation, contact Mark Nelson, John Jungmann, Robin Walker or Mike Gollhofer.

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