Tuesday officials announced the campaign has exceeded its goal, raising $7.65 million.
Putting the campaign over the top as it neared its deadline was a gift from June Barton. Mrs. Barton's gift of some 630 acres of land in Stoddard County is valued at $2 million and was made in memory of her late husband David M. Barton.
Mrs. Barton said as she became aware of the capital campaign for the YMCA and its goals, she decided it would be something her husband would have wanted to support.
"All people can go there and can benefit from the YMCA, that is what I like about it and I think he would have, too," she said.
She is also pleased that YMCA officials have announced the new facility will be named after her husband.
"It is just a wonderful place and they are going to put David's name on it," she said. "As long as a person's name is spoken it is never forgotten. David Barton was a good man and I would like for him not to be forgotten."
With the money now assured, plans are being made for ground breaking in mid to late October, said Jeff Partridge, executive director of the YMCA of Southeast Missouri. Construction is expected to take approximately 14 months with completion expected in December 2008.
While the Sikeston Jaycees and Montgomery Bank provided the donations to jump start the campaign and Mrs. Barton's gift put the fund drive over the top, those involved emphasized its success was due to numerous businesses, individuals and organizations which supported the capital campaign and the effort to meet the $900,000 challenge grant from the Mabee Foundation. The YMCA will also receive an additional $350,000 from local challenges, Partridge said.
"We want to thank the over 100 volunteers who helped not only raise funds, but recruit other volunteers, attended regular campaign meetings and assisted in planning all aspects of the campaign," said Partridge. "Most of all we thank them for their belief that this was possible."
Jim Hux, campaign co-chairman, also praised those who supported the fundraising efforts. "The overwhelming support we received speaks volumes on the very worthwhile mission of the YMCA and that civic pride is very much alive and well in our community," he added.
Campaign co-chairman Richard Montgomery said reaching beyond the goal is a remarkable achievement. " I look at this as a real catalyst for our community," he said. "We are looking forward to a great future."
YMCA officials added while the goal was met those who still want to be a part of this effort can do so. Any funds committed to the capital campaign that are above the final project costs will be placed in an endowment to secure the long term financial stability of the YMCA.
To contribute contact Partridge at the YMCA at 472-9622.