Letters: YMCA wishes to thank foundation for help

To the editor:

The Brown County Community YMCA would like to give a special thank-you to Larry Pejeau and the Brown County Community Foundation. The success of the Y’s first capital campaign since the original building drive in 2000 is in a big part due to the support of the Brown County Community Foundation.

To kick off our campaign efforts, we received a $25,000 Brown County Community Foundation Impact Grant. What an impact and confidence boost that was! And then Larry donated his time and grant-writing skills, and the Y was honored with a $30,000 grant from the Smithville Charitable Foundation. Both of these grants were matching, $1 for $1. What a challenge! But with the support of 142 generous donors, we met the challenge and more.

The BCCF was also key in talking with our friends responsible for the Howard F. Hughes Legacy Fund, and again we received a generous donation.

Most recently, the Y received a 2017 competitive grant to create a Wetland Meadow Environmental Education Trail in the meadow between the Y and Salt Creek Trail. We are adding approximately a half-mile of mowed path, with signage pointing out environmental elements.

We are thankful Larry and the Brown County Community Foundation recognize and support our efforts to strengthen our community. We are making a difference, thanks to committed and continued supporters, like the Brown County Community Foundation!

Kim Robinson, executive director, Brown County YMCA

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