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YMCA project given donation

August 18, 1998|By MATTHEW BIENIEK

A $25,000 donation from St. Lawrence Cement brought to $3.2 million the amount raised for a new YMCA building, James Pierne, YMCA board chairman said Monday at a press conference.

The funds are being raised to build a 57,000-square-foot building on Eastern Boulevard. The building, land, site preparation, architect fees, construction and furnishings are expected to cost about $7 million, Pierne said.

Ground is expected to be broken for the building in late 1999, he said.

Gary Batey, general manager of St. Lawrence Cement, said the strength of a community depends upon the opportunities available for families to spend time together. St. Lawrence Cement was glad to help provide such opportunities, he said.

Land for the building is to be purchased in October, Pierne said. The initial purchase will be a 33-acre parcel and an additional 12 acres may be purchased at a later date, he said.

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The YMCA hopes to raise $5 million from businesses and individuals in the community, and an additional $2 million from government sources, he said.

Philanthropist Richard A. Henson pledged $1 million to the campaign in April.

Pierne said that reaching the $5 million goal will take a year, even though fund raising is ahead of schedule. The fund-raising campaign began in March. A community campaign to begin in October will include direct mail and fund-raising events, Pierne said.

Plans for the new building include two pools, a child-care center, a fitness center, gymnasiums, racquetball courts and an outdoor soccer field.

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