End in sight for YMCA capital campaign

February 21, 2012 by  

Thanks to a generous donation from a Rock County family, a new YMCA will open in Rock County between Milton and Janesville, possibly by the end of 2012.

A $1 million gift from the Parker family, who have resided in Rock County for four generations, is a shot of adrenalin to the Crossridge YMCA capital campaign. With a $4.5 million target, the goal is in reach according to Tom Den Boer, CEO of the Northern Rock County YMCA.

Construction would begin this summer and if the weather co-operates, could take up to nine months to complete.

The donation from the Parkers includes half a million dedicated to the cost of construction.

The other half will take the form of a matching grant and a challenge to residents and business partners in Rock County and will be donated dollar-to-dollar.

Janesville print services could contribute by way of cash donations to help reach the $250,000 goal or by flyer printing to promote the matching grant to Janesville and Rock County businesses.

“My sister and I are were both born and raised in Janesville and are pleased to continue this long family tradition in directing that funds from the Parker Charitable Trust be used in this way and in participating personally,” George Parker said in a news release.

“This project will assist in employment opportunities, not only during the construction phase, but for new YMCA employees in the new facility and will create a project infusing approximately $6 million dollars in the economy of Rock County,” he continued.