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Waynesboro YMCA nearing its fundraising goal

October 20, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Once it hit $1.3 million this fall, the Waynesboro YMCA officially wrapped up the biggest fundraising campaign in its 90-year history.

The campaign was kicked off early in the summer of 2004. Its goal, based on a professional feasibility study on the amount the organization could have expected to raise, was $1.3 million, said Alan Smith, executive director of the YMCA.

Since it was doing so well, officials decided to keep it going with an internal challenge goal of $1.5 million, Smith said.

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So far, $1.4 million has been raised and Smith said he expects more money to come in from some "outstanding potential gifts."

The active solicitation phase of the campaign has ended, but several foundation, corporate and government requests are still outstanding, Smith said in a recent news release. In addition, campaign organizers are waiting to hear from a number of prospective donors, he said.

The Waynesboro YMCA conducted a $1 million fundraiser in 1985 and another one for $1.1 million in 1996.

This year, the Waynesboro YMCA is celebrating its 90th anniversary.

Attendance in 1975, the year the YMCA moved from a 60-year-old building on North Potomac Street to its current headquarters at 810 E. Main St., was 994 members. Last year, the organization counted 3,443 members.

The latest fundraising effort will pay for improvements in the Y's youth programs.

Projects include expansion of before- and after-school programs, physical improvements of facilities for those with special needs, incorporation of a Teen Adventure Center, more parking, locker room and infrastructure improvements, expanded fitness facilities and improved security.

Smith has said about half of the patrons the YMCA serves are children.

Robert Zimmerman, a local dentist, chaired the 2005 campaign.

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