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Sumner YMCA Inches Toward Fundraising Goals

A state grant brings the YMCA closer to its fundraising goals, as the planning group hopes to set up shop in town.

A Sumner YMCA just got closer -- by $800,000.

“We received an $800,000 grant from the Washington State capital budget, from the Youth Recreation Facilities Program,” said Michelle LaRue, communications and capital campaign manager for the YMCA. “This brings our fundraising total to $5.8 million. We are grateful for the state’s support of the Sumner YMCA project.”

The final fundraising goal is $7 million of the $15 to $20 million needed to build the facility.

Sumner's groundbreaking date is still slated for 2012 with a grand opening in 2013, but LaRue said it still hinges on the Pierce County Council approval of Sumner’s Orton Junction proposal, which will change the city’s Urban Growth Area to accommodate a new development currently outside city limits, near the Winco.

As fundraising heats up, LaRue said a YMCA team wants to set up shop in Sumner, to be closer to the project. The YMCA is currently seeking donated office space in downtown, as soon as possible.

“We’re looking for an office space that could accommodate three or more people and computer workstations. We’d also like an attached small meeting space that can accommodate up to 10 people, or access to a shared meeting space,” said LaRue.

The value of the monthly rent would be considered tax-deductible to the Sumner YMCA, said LaRue. She also said the YMCA is willing to discuss recognition opportunities with the business donating the space.

If you have office space to share and would like to help, email LaRue at mlarue@ymcapkc.org.

Kathleen June 07, 2011 at 05:34 AM
You MUST be joking! The state can give $800,000 taxpayer dollars to a corporation but can't give $150,000 to the Sumner School District to pay for the CURRENT POOL? This is a supreme example of the waste of our taxpayer funds! I cannot be more shocked! This is Big Business manipulation 101...Mr. Potter is running Sumner like he did Bedford Falls. Don't forget...the YMCA not only has state dollars which we paid for, they are also asking for East Hill Sumner resident's homes to be down graded to rural to get Pierce County to go for the deal...thus another lose of dollars to those owners as thier homes are devalued. The YMCA is robbing taxpayers and citizens blind while offering a "deal"....I'll pass, thank you.
Kandi Holgren June 08, 2011 at 02:04 AM
Love it! A corporation gets $800,000 for a facility that families have to pay big money in order to use. Yet interestingly enough that money could have been used to allow families to use State Parks for their picnic lunches for free... instead of being priced out of their family opportunity by usage fees. Seems City of Sumner government as well as the State government share this kind of logic. I see even more reason to protest the Orting Junction. It appears the general citizens are going to have to step in and hope someone in our elected positions start to see sense. At least I understand why we have such budget issues all around us!
Rebecca Giles June 08, 2011 at 04:09 AM
Maybe the City of Sumner can take the $24,000.00 they are saving on Community Events, which bring more sales tax than they can track and give the YMCA an office to work out of. My department was cut two years ago, by $5000.00, that is why we don't have TEEN PROGRAMS anymore, or any others for free! Anyone want to take any bets? Ridiculist!
Kathleen June 08, 2011 at 05:20 PM
Call your legislator and protest this mis-use of state funds.
Marian Berejikian October 05, 2011 at 04:33 AM
The way the YMCA has pushed this project through and by collecting state funding and member donations without clearing massive legal hurdles (FIRST) that this project faces makes me ashamed to be a member. If this is how the upper management handles its finances, I cannot part with my minor funds in good conscience to make another donation to the YMCA.
Rick Slaughter June 14, 2012 at 11:08 PM
The YMCA has great programs for teens for free on Friday nights. Also a sliding scale for members with low income. The Y has always been a great community asset for my family for generations. Great values like health, exercise, and faith. Its not a Walmart people, its a great facility that does great things. A non-profit organization that truly cares about their community is getting rare nowadays. I think the pros out weigh the cons. Heck, it kept me out of trouble as a teen, and my best childhood memories were from the summer camps and programs. I welcome the new facility and can't wait for opening day!
Danielle Frazier November 20, 2012 at 07:22 AM
My family can't wait. We thoroughly enjoy the Y but the commute to nearest one can be sticky. Also after school programs would be so beneficial for this town. These kids need outlets and things to do. Teens and Pre teens would love the programs. I know mine have and do! Our family can't wait and we support it!!

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