Article from The Roanoke Times By Laurence Hammack
Nearly $1 million has been raised in the latest phase of a fundraising campaign to put a new YMCA in Botetourt County.
When the drive entered its public phase in early September, donors had already promised $7.1 million. With contributions now nearing the $8 million mark, organizers hope to have the needed $10 million in hand by sometime next year.
Plans call for a 43,000-square-foot facility at the Daleville Town Center that will include an eight-lane lap pool, a warm-water recreation and therapy pool, modern exercise equipment, three workout studios, a basketball court, a lobby and space for community meetings.
“The sooner that we can reach $10 million, the sooner we will be able to bring all of our programs to the Botetourt community,” said Mark Johnson, president and CEO of YMCA of Roanoke Valley.
A key step in that direction came with a recent $300,000 pledge from Bill Kirk, a YMCA board member and longtime supporter after whose family the downtown Roanoke Y is named.
Kirk’s contribution is a challenge gift intended to match every dollar raised by the community through June 2017.
“Every community needs a Y and every child should have access to the programs that the Y will offer, regardless of their ability to pay for them,” Kirk said in a statement released Monday by the Y.