YMCA raises $52,425 to help kids who can't afford program fees

By MICHELLE PERRY State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Just two weeks into the six-week Commitment to Children campaign, the Frankfort YMCA exceeded the halfway mark toward reaching its $100,000 goal.

As of Dec. 16, volunteers for the annual campaign raised a total of $52,425, funds that will go toward scholarships to ensure children interested in Y programs may participate even if unable to pay fees.

"We're right at halfway there, so we're really pleased," said Rodney Williams, a Y board member and chairman of this year's fund-raising campaign. "We're very thankful for the generosity of the community."

The campaign kicked off Dec. 2 with a dinner at the downtown YMCA and will conclude Jan. 14 with a dinner recognizing the top collectors. About 100 volunteers were placed into one of four divisions, which compete to raise the most money. Fund-raising totals are tallied every Tuesday except during Christmas week.

"We're well ahead of schedule compared to past years," said Rick Preston, Y board member, division chairman and past campaign chairman.

Volunteers, who are generally board members, YMCA members and past recipients of the scholarships, are given campaign kits and typically request contributions from people they know.

"We try to ask them face-to-face," said YMCA Executive Director Pete Walsh.

Last year, about $124,000 was collected. "We also have the building campaign and some people are giving to both," Walsh said, "so we tried to be conservative with our goal for this year."

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