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  • March, 2014: The Montgomery County Family YMCA kicks off the 2014 “ The Y. So Much More” annual campaign on March 13th, 2014. The campaign goal has been set for $56,000.
  • March, 2014: The Montgomery County Family YMCA receives and earns a $18,000 grant from the Montgomery County Endowment Foundation for assistance with the YMCA’s goal to raise $70,000 for new flooring and wellness equipment for the YMCA’s wellness center. The grant that was submitted by the YMCA was for $20,000. The YMCA also received a lead gift of $1,000 from Montgomery County Memorial Hospital to assist the YMCA’s wellness center equipment and flooring project. The YMCA also earned a $5,000 grant from the Red Oak Tourism & Recreation committee from the cities hotel/motel tax program to assist the YMCA’s wellness center improvement project. This brings our total raised to $66,000 and the YMCA will kickoff the public phase of the campaign in late May as the goal is to have the new flooring, lighting and equipment installed by mid August, 2014.
  • April, 2014: The YMCA’s 2014 annual campaign “ The Y. So Much More” has raised $ 22,000 of the campaign goal of $56,000.
  • April, 2014: Nick Zimmer, CEO of the Montgomery County Family YMCA successfully completed his 2nd three year term to serve on the North American YMCA Development Organization Council and chairing the sponsorships and exhibitor program for six year’s. Nick and Nancy Zimmer attended the 2014 NAYDO Conference held in San Antonio, Texas on April 9th – 12th, 2014.
  • May, 2014: The YMCA’s 2014 annual campaign “ The Y. So Much More” has raised $33,000 of the campaign goal of $56,000.
  • May, 2014: The Montgomery County Family receives and earns a $2,500 grant from the E.F. & Sylvia Schildberg Foundation of Greenfield, Iowa along with another lead gift of $5,000 from one of the YMCA’s top benefactors. This brings the total for the new wellness center equipment and center enhancements to $77,000 of a now $90,000 project. The public phase of the campaign will be kicked off in late May and the centers new “look” should be ready to go by mid August, 2014.
  • June, 2014: The Montgomery County Family YMCA receives and earns a $250 grant from The Redwoods Foundation to purchase a case that can be mounted on one of the YMCA lobby walls for our AED machine. 
  • The YMCA reaches the $39,000 level of funds raised for the annual campaign program at the end of June. The campaign goal is $56,000.
  • The YMCA as of the end of June, 2014 has raised $93,000 of the $96,000 project for a new make over of the YMCA’s wellness / fitness center program. The makeover will take place in mid August, 2014.
  • The YMCA reached the $95,000 level of now nearly a $100,000 project for a new make over of the YMCA’s wellness/ fitness center program. The make over will take place in mid August, 2014.
  • The YMCA reaches the $41,000 level of funds raised for the annual campaign program during the middle of July. The campaign goal is $56,000.
  • The YMCA raises over $101,000 of the $90,000 project for a new make over of the YMCA’s wellness / fitness center equipment. Also new efficient lighting was apart of the center project for the wellness/fitness center and the indoor running walking track. The new lighting and equipment was installed in mid August, 2014.
  • The YMCA’s Annual Four Person “Best Ball” Golf Tournament took place on Saturday, September 20th, 2014 to benefit the YMCA’s annual campaign “The Y. So Much More” program. The tournament raised over $4,000 for this program.
  • The YMCA’s Annual Heritage Club Endowment Dinner took place on Monday, October 5th, 2014 at the Red Coach Inn & Restaurant in Red Oak, Iowa. Nearly 75 club members attended this first class event to celebrate the work of the YMCA’s endowment programming. The club members in attendance were treated to a first class meal, entertainment and a wonderful keynote speak from Karen Jennings of Omaha, NE. Jennings attended Tri Center High School in southwestern Iowa in the early 1980’s and was a wonderful student athlete and become the all time leading basketball scorer at the University of Nebraska. Karen is one of the top relators in the city of Omaha, NE today.
  • The YMCA’s 5th Annual Mystery Drop Event took place on Sunday, October 19th, 2014 with the first ever helicopter use for the “drop”. The program was a major success as all 300 tickets were sold out for the third year of the five year event. The YMCA cleared $23,000 to assist with operational needs and purchase of a new sounds system speaker system to be installed in the YMCA’s swimming pool, tennis center, gymnasium and multi-purpose room. Installation took place in November, 2014 for these facility enhancements.
  • The YMCA’s Annual Campaign “The Y. So Much More” has reached the $50,000 donation level of our $56,000 campaign goal for 2014.
  • The YMCA received $10,000 grant from the Montgomery County Community Foundation Advisory Board of Directors from their fall cycle of grant submissions. The YMCA will use these funds for new plastic lockers for the women’s & girls locker rooms. Installation of the new lockers will take place in July, 2015.
  • November 5th and 6th, 2014 the YMCA took a great delegation of staff and key volunteers to the 2014 YMCA of Iowa Alliance Conference at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa to bring back some great programming, updates in keeping our YMCA the best it can be to serve people of all ages and backgrounds. 
  • The YMCA through major hail storm damage on April 12th, 2014 worked with insurance and signed contractor to a needed new metal tennis roof, gutters, flashing and awning for the YMCA. Work started in mid November, 2014 and will be completed in late November, 2014.
  • In November of 2014 the YMCA hosted Annual Thanksgiving Day Run/Walk, home swimming meet and soup fest programs.
  • The YMCA’s Annual Campaign “ The Y. So Much More” raised $54,120 of our $56,00 campaign for 2015.
  • March, 2015 the YMCA kick’s off it’s 2015 “The Y. So Much More” annual campaign program with a campaign goal of $55,000. By the end of April, 2015 the YMCA’s Annual Campaign Program has raised $33,000 of our $55,000 campaign goal.
  • The YMCA’s completed and now has installed a new metal tennis center roof, new gutters around the entire tennis center, new flashing around the entire YMCA , new metal front entrance awning and original building gutters painted as part of the April 12th, 2014 major hail storm damage that came through Red Oak, Iowa. 
  • The YMCA hosted in March along with the Friends of the Red Oak Trail program the 2nd Annual Shamrock Shuffle event that was very successful event.
  • The YMCA offered a very successful Easter Egg Dive program and assisted with the Red Oak Kiwanis Club Tryahlon in April.
  • The YMCA applied in January and received a $27,000 grant award on April 23rd, 2015 from the Montgomery County Family YMCA Foundation Advisory Board of Directors from their spring cycle of grant submissions. The YMCA use these funds from the written grant proposal to install new efficient LED lighting in the YMCA’s Wilson Aquatics Center and Wilson Gymnasium. The new lights will be installed in May for the gymnasium and August for the swimming pool.
  • The YMCA applied in November, 2014 for a $15,000 E.F. & Sylvia Schildberg Foundation of Greenfield, IA for assistance with the YMCA’s new efficient LED lighting for the YMCA’s Wilson Aquatics Center and Wilson Gymnasium. The new lights will be installed in May for the gymnasium and August for the swimming pool.
  • The YMCA’s “The Y. So Much More” annual campaign program has reached the $38,000 level of contributions. The campaign 2015 goal is $55,000.
  • The YMCA has secured enough funding to send three area children to Camp Foster outside of Spirt Lake, Iowa. This has been a long time partnership with the Montgomery County Family YMCA and Camp Foster for over 12 years. 
  • The YMCA did secure a lead gift of $35,000 from Helen Murphy, one of the Montgomery County Family YMCA’s top benefactors to construct the YMCA back in 1999. Helen is a tennis enthusiast and her major gift will kick off the YMCA’s $150,000 LED efficient lighting/ tennis court re painting / new tennis net program. The goal is to secure another major lead gift , private funds along with several grants to have this project take place in the summer of 2016.
  • The YMCA’s “The Y. So Much More” annual campaign program has reached the $41,000 level of contributions. The campaign 2015 goal is $55,000.
  • The YMCA earned a $500 grant from The Redwoods Group Foundation for the purchase of new Personal Flotation Device (PFD) units on June 1st, 2015. This grant will be coordinated with the new Montgomery County Family YMCA’s “Test.Mark.Protect" non swimmer policy that went into effect on the 1st of June as well.
  • The YMCA in June did install LED lighting in the Wilson Gymnasium for brighter lighting and cost savings measures.
  • July, 2015 the YMCA secured another lead gift (TBA) from Tom Carder , one the Montgomery County Family YMCA’s major benefactors long with his late wife Catherine Carder. The Montgomery County Family YMCA’s Indoor Tennis Center is named “The Carder Indoor Tennis Center” in honor of the Carder’s support of the Montgomery County Family YMCA and both Tom & Catherine are / were tennis enthusiast. Thus the YMCA has raised estimated $70,000 for new LED lighting / tennis court re painting/ ten & under line / new nets projects. The YMCA is working on various grants and will conduct a drive to give all tennis enthusiast the opportunity to donate to the facility enhancements. The plan is to have the LED lights installed in late 2015 or early 2016 and painting of the courts etc, in the summer of 2016.
  • The YMCA’s “The Y. So Much More” annual campaign program has now reached the $45,000 level of contributions for the 2015 campaign which has a goal of $55,000.  
  • The YMCA in August did install LED lighting in the Wilson Aquatics Center for brighter lighting and cost savings measures.
  • The YMCA’s 2015 Fall Four Person Best Ball Golf Tournament was held on Saturday, September 19th, 2015 at the Red Oak Country Club in Red Oak , Iowa. The tournament drew 16 teams from the region. With the support of the players , hole sponsors and flag/prize donors the YMCA’s was able to raise over $5,000 for the YMCA’s “The Y. So Much More” annual campaign program.
  • The YMCA’s’ “The Y. So Much More” annual campaign program has now reached the $53,000 level of contributions for the 2015 campaign which has a goal of $55,000.
  • September 30th, 2015 the Montgomery County Family YMCA received it’s first “Gift of Grain” from the Tony/Deloris & Nathan Johnson Farming Corporation from rural Red Oak, Iowa . The gift was corn and was transferred to the Montgomery County Family YMCA’s long term maintenance program in the amount of $359. The earned interest from this gift will be used to assist in long term maintenance needs or facility enhancement needs.
  • The YMCA held its very popular and first class evening for the YMCA’s 2015 Heritage Club Dinner at the Red Coach Inn & Restaurant in Red Oak, Iowa. The event is underwritten by Tom Carder and his late wife Catherine Carder. The event is open to all donors that have made a gift to the YMCA’s endowment program. This year’s event drew over 135 people. The guest speaker was Bill & Evonne Williams of Omaha, NE (Bill was a graduate of Red Oak Senior High School in the 1967) Bill & Evonne raise millions of dollars of Nebraska and parts of western Iowa Honor Flights to take World War II and Korean Veterans to Washington D.C for a day to see the many sights in D.C. The Williams founded the Iowa” Remembering Our Fallen” exhibit and have plans for all 50 states to have their own “Remembering Our Fall” exhibits. 
  • The YMCA received a $3,000 grant award from the Burlington Santa Fe Railway Foundation from Fort Worth, Texas on October 10th, 2015 to assist with the YMCA’s 2015 “The Y. So Much More” annual campaign program. This gift along with other fall gifts allowed the YMCA to surpass its $55,000 campaign goal. Presently the YMCA has raised $58,000 towards “The Y. So Much More” program.
  • The YMCA on October 10th, 2015 received a $20,000 grant award from the Iowa West Foundation from Council Bluffs, Iowa to assist with the YMCA’s $110,000 Carder Indoor Tennis Center Facility Enhancement ( new LED lighting, new tennis nets, repainting the entire tennis courts the ATP blue color and painting the tennis blended lines for more youth and family tennis play. To date the campaign has raised $91,000 and hopes to have the lights installed in the spring of 2016. Then the painting project and nets project to be completed by the end of May, 2016. The YMCA just started its tennis enthusiast campaign efforts – November, 2015.
  • On October 18th, 2015 the YMCA held its Sixth Annual Mystery Drop event at the Montgomery County Fair Grounds Main Area. All 300 tickets were sold out for the fourth in a row. The YMCA could not have operated this event with out the major support of Johnson Helicopter Services of Red Oak/ Emerson, IA, volunteers, staff and all the fine people that purchased tickets. The YMCA cleared $22,000 to assist endowment, tennis facility enhancement needs, long term maintenance needs and general operational needs. This year’s winners were a split ticket of Tom & Ann Iverson along with five employees of Promotional Concepts of Red Oak, Iowa. 
  • The YMCA received a $4,000 grant from the Montgomery County Community Foundation Board of Directors on Thursday, November 12th, 2015. This grant will assist with YMCA computer / internet services for staff/guests/members, RAPTOR software for child protection needs, summer 2016 summer busing services for summer day camp and summer tennis programming. 
  • December, 2015 “The Y. So Much More” annual campaign did raise $61,499.71 the most funds ever in the 20 year history of the Montgomery County Family YMCA for annual support and financial assistance programs for the YMCA and area residents in need of YMCA services. The 2015 campaign goal was set at $55,000. The campaign surpassed the campaign goal over $6,400. Thank-you to all the donors, volunteers and staff that were apart of the campaign.
  • December, 2015, The YMCA’s Carder Indoor Tennis Facility Enhancement project (new LED lighting, new tennis nets, repainting of the entire tennis courts the ATP blue color and painting the tennis blended lines for more youth and tennis play has raised $100,000 of the $115,000 project. The YMCA Board of Directors approved the YMCA to move forward with the project to order the new LED lighting. The new tennis center lighting will be installed in March of 2016!
  • The YMCA’s 2016 Annual Campaign program “ The Y. For a better us” campaign goal has been set at $58,000.
  • The YMCA’s 2016 Annual Campaign program “The Y. For a better us” with early lead gifts, staff and board of director’s gifts has raised $10,500 of the campaign goal of $58,000. The month of March will be a big month as the YMCA will connect with our past donors in 2015 for their annual support.
  • The YMCA learned in January, 2016 that the YMCA has been named a beneficiary of the late Rod Farmer’s estate. Rod was the former CEO of the Des Moines, Iowa YMCA. Rod was our capital campaign staff member assigned to our capital campaign program in late 1997 – 2000 to help raise over $6.6 million dollars for a new state of the art full facility YMCA with endowment funds as a part of the campaign efforts. Rod worked for the firm of Egbert & Associates out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The YMCA should know that status of this gift in the spring or summer of 2016. Rod, kept a close relationship with Nick and Nancy Zimmer to the date of his death on the 23rd of December, 2015.
  • Long time and great friend of not just the YMCA but the entire community Helen Murphy passed way in mid January, 2016. Helen will be missed throughout the community.
  • The YMCA received information in mid February, 2016 that the YMCA has been granted a $2,000 grant from the Missouri Valley Tennis Association and a $7,000 grant from the United States Tennis Association for the YMCA Carder Indoor Tennis Center Facility Enhancement project (new LED lighting, new tennis nets, repainting the entire tennis courts the ATP blue colors and painting the blended tennis lines for more youth and family tennis play. The project now has raised $110,000 of the estimated $115,000 project. The lights should be installed in early April, 2016 and the courts re painted, blended lines and new net’s installed in early summer, 2016.
  • The YMCA’s 2016 Annual Campaign program “ The Y. For a better us” campaign through donations from some of our past 2015 donors has moved our donations raised to $25,000 of the campaigns $58,000 campaign total.
  • The YMCA learned on March 21st, 2016 that the YMCA through a earlier submitted grant to the Montgomery County Community Foundation will receive a grant award for $20,000 on April 21st,2016 to assist with equipment needs: of plastic low maintenance lockers for the special needs locker room, water heater, special needs exercise equipment and new stairway flooring to the YMCA’s indoor track, wellness and fitness center areas.
  • May, 2016 the YMCA received information that the YMCA was named to the late Helen Murphy’s Estate as a benefactor to the YMCA’s endowment fund and some funding for special project needs. The current gifts from the estate to the YMCA has currently total $260,000 with some other gifts to arrive upon closer of the estate.
  • June and early July, 2016 : Four YMCA Aquatics Life Guards: Missy Stickland, Pam Jones, Deb Blomstedt & Tom Burkisher  lifeguarded at the 2016 Omaha Cup and 2016 USA Olympic Swimming Trials that were held in Omaha, NE at the Century Link Center. Each guard had to go through special life guarding training to qualify to volunteer for this two week honor and event.
  • July, 2016, the YMCA received information that the YMCA was named as benefactor to the Ruth E. Nelson Revocable Trust in the amount of $51,422.59 that could can be used for various YMCA needs.
  • The YMCA’s 2016 Annual Campaign Program “The Y. For a better us" campaign through donations from many of our 2015 donors and some new donors has reached the $44,000 level. The campaign goal is to raise $58,000 by the end of the year.
  • July 23rd, 2016 The Carder Indoor Tennis Center was re dedicated for over $116,000 of facility improvements. New LED lighting, blended ten and under lines painted on all four tennis court, new tennis nets and all four courts re painted. The YMCA raised $119,000 from 2015 to present to complete this wonderful project.
  • The Montgomery County Family YMCA’s 7th Annual Mystery Drop event was held on Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 at the Montgomery County Fair Area. For the fifth straight year the committee volunteers were able to sell all 300 tickets. The program will net $21,000 to assist with YMCA’s endowment, programming and facility enhancement needs. 
  • The Montgomery County Family YMCA learns in late October that the YMCA has been named as one of the recipients of a $800,000 endowment gift from the Charles W. Wilson & Norma. J Wilson Foundation (Red Oak, Iowa).
  • The Montgomery County Family YMCA was able to send a large staff delegation to the YMCA of Iowa Alliance Fall Conference on November 2nd and 3rd, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. The conference focused on membership engagement.
  • The Montgomery County Family YMCA in early November was able to add a youth swimming pool slide within the Wilson Aquatics Center. This enhancement was made possible the a generous donation from Willy & Pat Johnson of Red Oak, Iowa.
  • The Montgomery County Family YMCA was able to earn at $5,000 Montgomery County 
  • Community Endowment grant for a new NuStep T5xr Recumbent Cross Trainer. The new exercise equipment arrived at the YMCA in early November. This piece of equipment is designed to offer the life transforming benefits to exercise to users of virtually any age, size fitness level, or health condition.
  • The YMCA’s 2016 Annual Campaign Program “ The Y. For a better us” campaign donations has reached the $56,000 level. The campaign goal is raise $59,000 by the end of the year.
  • The YMCA on November 10th, 2016 received a wonderful gift in the amount of $108,000 from the Rod & Jean Farmer Estate. Rod and Jean were great friends of the YMCA from Estes Park, Colorado. Rod worked with our dedicated volunteers and staff to help construct a full facility YMCA and implement an endowment program. This gift will benefit endowment, capital and staff development needs for the Montgomery County Family YMCA.
  • The Montgomery County Family YMCA on November 18th, 2016 receives as one of the named recipients a $800,000 endowment gift from the Charles W. Wilson & Norma J. Wilson Foundation (Red Oak, Iowa).
  • The Montgomery County Family YMCA received informant on Friday, December 9th, 2016 that the YMCA earned an applied $40,000 grant from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs “YMCA Facility Improvement Grant” sponsored by the Iowa Arts Council. These funds will allow the YMCA to be able to resurface the Wilson Aquatics Center Pools interior. The project is a $62,500 project. The YMCA plans to have this project completed by early fall 2017.
  • The YMCA’s 2016 Annual Campaign Program ”The Y. For a better us” campaign donations has reached the $59,000 level which was the established campaign goal for 2016.
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