Media Release - YMCA Calgary raises over $10.2 million to support growing city's needs



    CALGARY, April 17 /CNW/ - YMCA Calgary has raised over $10.2 million as
part of a plan that will help it continue to provide programs and services to
meet the demands of the growing city.
    The funds, raised through donations, are part of a $50-million,
multi-year plan that will support and expand YMCA community programs, build a
new YMCA in the northeast, subsidize access to YMCA Calgary programs and
services, and redevelop YMCA Camp Chief Hector and the Eau Claire and Crowfoot
YMCAs.
    "YMCA Calgary believes that by providing needed support and opportunities
to individuals, we will ultimately build stronger communities," said Wayne
Perkins, YMCA Calgary President and CEO. "By raising this money, and through
our five-year plan, we will strengthen our ability to do just that."

    
    YMCA Calgary's multi-year development plan will support the community in
several ways:
    -   Along with the City of Calgary, the Calgary Public Library and the NE
        Centre of Community Society, YMCA Calgary will construct a new branch
        as part of a centre of community planned for the city's far
        northeast.
    -   YMCA Calgary currently offers education, employment, leadership
        development and community recreation programs free of charge to
        children, youth and adult participants from 46 sites throughout the
        city. Funds from the plan will allow these programs to continue and,
        in some cases, to expand.
    -   One in four YMCA Calgary members and participants receives financial
        assistance. With funds from the plan, it will be able to continue
        this tradition of creating opportunities for all.
    -   For the past 77 years, YMCA Camp Chief Hector has welcomed children,
        youth and adults. The purchase of a new satellite camp and
        improvements to existing facilities will help the camp continue to
        serve its 13,000 annual campers.
    -   The existing Eau Claire and Crowfoot YMCA branches will be upgraded
        to continue to meet the needs of the communities they serve.
    

    According to Perkins, the $10-million milestone could not have been
reached without the help of many donors and volunteers. "Both individuals,
corporations, and foundations came forward to support this campaign," he said.
"I see this success as a sign of trust that the YMCA has and will continue to
make a meaningful impact and investment back in the community."
    YMCA Calgary will contribute an additional $15 million to the development
plan, and will turn its full attention to securing $25 million from the City
of Calgary and the Province of Alberta.

    About YMCA Calgary
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    YMCA Calgary is a volunteer-based, charitable organization dedicated to
serving the community through a variety of programs and services for people of
all ages and abilities. For 105 years, hundreds of thousands of Calgarians
have been involved in YMCA Calgary through community programs, health, fitness
and recreation, and education and personal development opportunities. The YMCA
looks forward to another century of community involvement, continuing its
legacy of building strong kids, strong families and strong communities. For
more information about YMCA Calgary, visit ymcacalgary.org.





For further information:

For further information: Thalia McRae, YMCA Calgary, Communications
Manager, (403) 781-1653

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