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Campaign winds down to raise money for YMCA expansion

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Nikkie Lane signs her name on a YMCA "I Support the YMCA" card.
SIKESTON - The YMCA of Southeast Missouri is for everyone so backers of the Y's capital campaign want everyone to donate to make the expansion possible.

As the YMCA winds down its campaign to raise $6.5 million dollars, every effort is being made to reach that goal, said Jeff Partridge YMCA executive director. The money raised will be used to reconstruct the current YMCA facility and will create an indoor aquatic center and several new areas for workout equipment.

On top of the money the YMCA has raised in donations, challenge grants were offered, Partridge said. In order to receive the challenge grants, the YMCA will have to raise the additional $700,000 by the September deadline.

"The next few weeks are very crucial to our campaign," said Partridge. "We have already raised $4.3 million and we have an additional $1.4 million on the table if we can raise an additional $700,000. Basically, every dollar raised from here on out is worth $2."

To obtain this final funding, YMCA members came together at Focus Bank in August to train to solicit donations. After a video on the YMCA project, the members were given a list of people to call and pledge sheets to fill out.

"The current YMCA members have been a tremendous help with our campaign," said Partridge. "It really makes me happy to see how much some people truly care about the future of the YMCA and know the good this facility will bring."

Many of the surrounding businesses in the community are also helping by placing canisters to collect change and offering pledge forms to customers.

Britt McConnell, co-chairman of the "Growing our Future" capital campaign, said this grass-roots support is very encouraging.

Missy Marshall, McConnell's co-chairman agreed. "We want everyone to give," she said. "This is a community effort."

Those who have not been contacted and would like to make a donation or for more information about the YMCA and its services, should contact Partridge at 472-9622.