The Kokomo Family YMCA says a substantial corporate gift has helped the organization's “Beyond the Bricks” fundraising campaign top $10 million. The donation from Kokomo Grain Co. will go toward construction of a new, $16 million facility.

October 16, 2014

News Release

Kokomo, Ind. — A substantial corporate gift from locally owned Kokomo Grain has propelled the Kokomo Family YMCA through the $10 million mark in its Beyond the Bricks fundraising campaign.

Kokomo Grain President Scot Ortman announced the gift, noting his board of directors’ enthusiasm for the YMCA project.

“We believe the beneficial impact of this great venture will be realized for our community’s youth and families for generations to come. Kokomo Grain and its board are proud to be a lead donor to a project that will enhance the quality of life for our community,” said Ortman.

The new YMCA building is a $16 million project that has the financial support of both the City of Kokomo and Howard County. Additionally, numerous local employers and private citizens have stepped forward with pledges and cash donations totaling more than $10 million to date.

The 73,000-square-foot facility is set to feature a state-of-the-art health and wellness center, eight-lane lap pool, warm-water instructional pool, walking track, fully accessible locker rooms and more.

“Kokomo Grain is the most recent in a long list of businesses, corporations and individuals who have stepped forward with significant financial donations to this catalytic project. We are deeply grateful to Kokomo Grain for their support,” said Y Executive Director Dave Dubois.

“Scot and his associates at Kokomo Grain fully understand the transformative effect this project is destined to have on our community,” said Ron Metz, chairman of the Beyond the Bricks campaign. “It is the cornerstone project around which the revitalization of downtown Kokomo revolves. We are humbled and proud to have Kokomo Grain as a lead benefactor. Their leadership is crucial to inspiring participation by other future donors.”

The completion of construction is dependent upon the success of the fundraising campaign. If it is successful as planned, the new facility will be ready for occupancy in December 2015 or January 2016.

Source: Kokomo YMCA

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