YMCA reaches Mabee goal

Tuesday, January 18, 2011
This is an architectural rending of the new YMCA facility.

Leaders of the campaign to construct a new Monett Area YMCA announced on Friday that campaign pledges now total more than $8 million, enabling the YMCA to meet the $2 million challenge grant from the Mabee Foundation in Tulsa, Okla.

Officials with the campaign were quick to express their excitement.

"To say that we are pleased to make this announcement is an understatement," said Mike Garrett and Mike Wallace, who chair the campaign for the Monett Area YMCA. "With the additional $2 million in matching funds from the Mabee Foundation, we now have $10 million available for the construction of a new Y building and aquatic center. Obviously, this is a wonderful development, and we are very grateful to the Mabee Foundation for its support of our local efforts."

"As we celebrate the gift of the Mabee Foundation, we are also extremely grateful for the business organizations and residents in the Monett area, who have continued their tradition of strong support for positive community projects," Wallace and Garrett noted.

"For a community the size of Monett to generate this kind of effort would be remarkable under the best of circumstances," the leaders observed, "and this goal has been achieved during very challenging economic times. We are proud of Monett and thankful for the generosity of those who live and work in the Monett area."

Fundraising efforts for the new YMCA will continue during 2011, according to YMCA Executive Director Gordon Brown.

"We have not yet gone to bid on the new facility," Brown said, "and until firm bids are received, we will not know the actual construction costs. A general contractor has been employed, and with the receipt of the Mabee challenge grant, we will proceed immediately with construction documents and bids. Additional funds will help offset unexpected costs that may arise during construction and also permit us to add beneficial amenities to the new facility."

The Mabee Foundation was established in 1948 by John E. Mabee and his wife, Lottie E. Mabee, to aid Christian religious organizations, charitable organizations, institutions of higher learning, hospitals and other organizations of a general charitable nature. Since its inception, the foundation has provided significant support to a large number of religious, educational, and charitable activities throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico, as well as Missouri, the native state of its founders.

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

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