The campaign to construct a new Monett YMCA is working toward completing its fundraising efforts based on bids recently received for the facility. Increases in the cost of building materials have caused the YMCA to seek additional funds to avoid any reduction in completing the project according to an announcement made today by YMCA Executive Director Gordon Brown.
"We have raised $10.2 million to date in pledges, and the total cost for the project has come back at $11.3 million primarily due to increases in the cost of materials," Brown said. "We're moving forward with construction but hope not to reduce any features of the facility due to cost as we finish fundraising."
When completed, the new YMCA will be one of the finest family recreation facilities in the four-state area. In addition to an indoor eight-lane competition and separate warm water pool, the YMCA is working to fund features such as new fitness equipment, indoor water slides and water play features, a rock wall, a suspended running track and and indoor play area.
"The community has been incredibly generous and supportive," said Mike Garrett, campaign co-chair. "We are asking those who haven't given yet to consider a gift to help ensure that we can fully equip the facility.
"The YMCA has worked hard to ensure that we have a cost-efficient design that is built to last and able to serve all people in our community," added Garrett.
The Monett Area YMCA offers a wide range of programs for people of all ages in an effort to strengthen families, promote better health and encourage values and behaviors consistent with Christian principles.
No one is denied access to Y programs or facilities for financial reasons. During the past fiscal year, the Monett Area YMCA awarded over $50,000 in financial assistance to needy individuals and their families.
To learn more about contributing to the YMCA capital campaign, please see the insert in today's Monett Times, contact Brown at 235-8213 or visit www.yourmonettymca.org.