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The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois)

BLOOMINGTON - As many as 1,600 people who can't afford membership to the Bloomington-Normal YMCA may have access to Y programs after a record amount of money was raised in the 2014 Strong Kids campaign.

The annual campaign has ended with a record-high $151,862.50 raised, exceeding the campaign goal of $150,000, YMCA Executive Director B.J. Wilken reported Friday.

"Between 1,500 and 1,600 people will have access to Y programs," Wilken said. "That's really remarkable."

Last year, $149,847 in donations gave 1,582 people access to programs at the Y, 602 S. Main St.

Money from Strong Kids supports families who pay discounted fees based on household income and family size for Y memberships and youth day camps, sports, aquatics and before- and after-school programs. Assistance is available for families who provide proof of need to help fulfill the Y mission to not deny access because of inability to pay.

"By developing new, creative ways to raise funds, we are not only enhancing the Y but also the quality of life in our community," Strong Kids Campaign Chairman Tom Good said in a prepared statement. Good, McLean County market president for Busey Bank, said he was grateful to campaign volunteers and donors.

Wilken noted that Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington and Home Sweet Home Ministries also recently surpassed fundraising campaign goals.

"I'm happy for our community," Wilken said. "I'm hopeful that this is a trend of individuals continuing to rally to help our community."


June 15, 2014


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