Unity Healthcare Announces Matching Gift for the Lafayette Family YMCA

May 11, 2017 | Unity Healthcare is proud to announce our dollar-to-dollar matching gift of $100,000 given today to the Lafayette Family YMCA for their new facility! As Jamie Gordon, Unity Healthcare's Marketing Director, said today during the press conference held at the YMCA, "Unity Healthcare is all about health and healthy living, two principles of the YMCA, and we believe our matching gift will help further the health of local residents."

With construction plans finalized and a ceremonial groundbreaking held, the Lafayette Family YMCA today launched a $600,000 Community Campaign to raise the final dollars needed for the $28 million building project.

During a news conference at the YMCA's 18th Street facility, three contributions totaling $200,000 were announced as a dollar-for-dollar matching gifts, with receipt contingent on others contributing that amount. Those gifts came from Unity Healthcare, $100,000; Centier Bank, $50,000; and Huston Electric, $50,000.

YMCA youth immediately chipped in $1 doubling the value of their contribution. And the law firm of Reiling Teder and Schrier contributed $20,000.

"We, too, believe in the YMCA's mission, its community focus and the power of all of us working together to make this great project a success," said Pat Morrisey, vice president senior lending officer at Centier Bank.

Jon Huston, president of Huston Electric, said his firm was motivated to give by the YMCA's strong reputation. "It's helped many reach for and achieve personal and health goals. Now, those successes are going to increase even more.

The Community Campaign is being overseen by three co-chairs, all YMCA board members - Tom Andrew, Stephanie Smith and Bryan Stapleton.

"We're more than a third of the way to the $600,000 we need," Stapleton said. "We will be reaching out to small businesses and organizations for gifts."

Andrew said the campaign is targeting "those who believe in the YMCA's strong past and bright future."

The youth gift, though small, was especially gratifying, Smith said. "These matching gifts are going to pique a lot of interest in giving. So many people in our community are eager to see our new, expanded YMCA build, and to visit the new YMCA, I expect to see supporters lining up to help."

Paul Cramer, YMCA CEO, said the goal is to wrap up the fundraising by the time school begins in August. "Remember, if you give early, yours will be matched dollar-for-dollar until we reach $200,000."

Naming opportunities are also available, Cramer said. Donations by businesses and individuals may be made at the YMCA or mailed to the YMCA, 1950 S. 18th Street, Lafayette, IN 47905. Donors may also contribute online at lafayettefamilyymca.org.

The two-story, 116,000-square-foot facility is being build on 13.45 acres in south Lafayette, on the Ivy Tech Community College campus. The building will house the Lafayette Family YMCA, a Franciscan Health Clinic, Junior Achievement and childcare center. These groups and IU Health Arnett, which funded the acquatics center, Ivy Tech Community College - Lafayette and others will host programs in the facility.

Targeted to open in fall 2018, the joint-use facility is a project of The Intersection Connection, a community collaboration of various groups.

About Intersection Connection. Founded in 2007, Intersection Connection is a collaboration among community organizations co-locating complementary youth development, higher education, financial literacy, health and wellness services on the Ivy Tech Community College - Lafayette campus.

About the YMCA. The YMCA is one of the nation's leading nonprofits, strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Lafayette's first YMCA opened in 1889 at Fifth and South streets. A new, three-story facility was built in 1907 on Seventh Street. The current facility on 18th Street was built in 1968, and the Renaissance Place site opened in 2011.

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