Thanks to community support, the Twin Pike Family YMCA will soon be able to build an indoor aquatics center.
The Y in Louisiana, Missouri raised $1.25 million since the fundraising challenge was issued last July. Because they met their goal, they'll know also receive a $500,000 grant from the Mabee Foundation.
Executive Director Marsha Garrison said construction on the six lane, 25-meter pool, along with a walking track and child care area, is set to begin in the coming months.
Raising the money was a community effort by those of all ages, Garrison said.
"We had a little girl who was on the swim team save her allowance and brought in $20. We had seniors who are living on a fixed income who are dealing with cancer in their lives who would send $5 every chance they got," Garrison said. "So it truly was a community effort from a small donation to the larger donations that came in from local businesses. It was overwhelming."
Right now, members of the Y have to use the outdoor swimming pool that is owned by the city of Louisiana. Garrison hopes to have the facility up and running next fall.
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