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Duluth YMCA fundraising effort enters final stage

The Duluth Area Family YMCA has raised 60 percent of its $4 million goal for renovating its downtown building. With $2.4 million raised, the "Touching Lives ... Creating the Future" capital campaign is preparing to enter its final phase. On Monda...

The Duluth Area Family YMCA has raised 60 percent of its $4 million goal for renovating its downtown building.

With $2.4 million raised, the "Touching Lives ... Creating the Future" capital campaign is preparing to enter its final phase.

On Monday, the campaign will kick off its community gifts phase with a 10:30 a.m. announcement in the YMCA lobby with Mayor Don Ness. As part of the community gifts phase, more than 200 volunteers will contact several thousand area residents over the next several weeks seeking donations.

The YMCA announced the $4 million capital campaign in November. The YMCA Heritage Foundation launched the campaign with a $1 million gift.

The money will go toward renovating and remodeling the YMCA's downtown building. Renovation plans include a new, well-lit, safe and secure entry and lobby; additional multi-purpose rooms to serve youth, seniors, small group fitness and community meetings; renovated locker rooms; an expanded strength training and cardiovascular center; and a skywalk connection.

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The YMCA has been at its downtown location since 1966.

"While we've made various upgrades since 1966, we can no longer properly serve the community without making these important renovations," Jeff Palmer, executive director of the Duluth Area Family YMCA, said in a news release. "It has been 25 years since our last Capital Campaign. We're excited by the great response so far from the community, and we believe Duluthians' civic pride will put us over the top."

For more information on the campaign and building renovation plans, log onto www.duluthymca.org .

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